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More than 192 pounds of cocaine confiscated

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 192 pounds of cocaine was discovered in a bust over the weekend, according to a police report.

The drugs were discovered after the federal Drug Enforcement Administration received a tip that a drug transaction would take place outside Duluth Saturday, according to the report filed with the Gwinnett County Police Department. Gwinnett's drug task force aided with the bust, Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

At the Home Depot at Pleasant Hill and Shackelford Road, an agent and officer witnessed Hormidas Torres-Arriaga load four boxes from a tractor-trailer into his car, according to the report. Torres-Arriaga then reportedly delivered the drugs to 691 Dickens Road in Norcross, where he was stopped by agents.

The report said 87,512 grams of cocaine were found in his trunk.

A spokesman for the DEA's Atlanta office declined to discuss details except to say the case would be prosecuted by the county.

While Gwinnett police's new drug interdiction unit confiscated 308 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop on Interstate 85 near Pleasant Hill Road Wednesday, Spellman said the two cases are not related and are being investigated separately.

"People transporting drugs in tractor-trailers is not a new trend," Spellman wrote in an e-mail. "With the implementation of the new interdiction unit, I think it is inevitable to see more drug arrests on the highways."

According to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Web site, Torres-Arriaga, 22, is being held in the Gwinnett County jail on a felony charge of drug trafficking.