LAWRENCEVILLE - Federal authorities on Tuesday busted a gang-run cocaine distribution center disguised as a car audio business near Lawrenceville's historic downtown, officials said.
Agents raided "Monster Car Audio" after a lengthy undercover investigation revealed the business - located at 134 S. Clayton St., near Ga. Highway 124 - was allegedly a front for cocaine storage and distribution.
Running the operation were local members of a California-based street gang known as "South Side Myfas," a subset of the notoriously violent Surenos empire, said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias.
"Metro Atlanta unfortunately continues to be a major drug distribution center for gangs in the Southeast and beyond," Nahmias said.
The investigation culminated Tuesday when FBI and ICE agents sold five kilograms of cocaine to suspects at the car audio business and seized $130,000 in cash. In total, five suspects were arrested, four of them gang members from Gwinnett, officials said.
U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Patrick Crosby said all four gangsters have been indicted on charges of conspiring to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. They include:
· Richardo "Rico" Larios-Trujillo, 33, of Lawrenceville;
· Rigoberto "Chapparo" Delgado-Orozco, 30, of Buford;
· Ramon "Toro" Cortez, 20, of Lawrenceville;
· Homer "Hummer" Larios, 34, of Lawrenceville.
The business' owner, Alexander Acher, 29, of Southborough, Mass., was in cahoots with the gangsters and faces similar charges, Crosby said.
All five are expected to appear before a United States Magistrate Judge within a week, Crosby said. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million.