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7 more indicted in suspected grow house ring

LAWRENCEVILLE - Seven people were indicted this week on charges involving a ring of marijuana grow houses discovered in February and March.

Five of the defendants were arrested March 1 at one of the largest busts in Gwinnett at 2851 Creekwood Drive in Snellville. According to past reports, the Snellville Police Department seized more than 500 plants at the address.

Carlos Perez-Martinez, his son Carlos Luis-Perez, Alfredo Hernandez, Raul Eduardo Prado and Blanca Esthela Cruz-Prado face counts of manufacturing marijuana and trafficking in marijuana at the Creekwood Drive address. Perez-Martinez also faces charges involving a suspected grow house at 920 Chimney Trace Way in Lawrenceville.

In indictments issued Wednesday, Maria Elena Rivera and Felipe Gallardo Baro also face counts of manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy to commit trafficking in marijuana, but the indictment did not list the location of an alleged grow house.

A message left at the district attorney's office was not returned Thursday.

At least eight others were indicted by a Gwinnett grand jury in May.

Law enforcement agencies throughout north Georgia uncovered a drug-trafficking ring, discovering more than 70 grow houses in 13 counties.