Sweep nets 73 arrests, major drug bust

LAWRENCEVILLE - A major drug bust and 73 arrests were among the final tally for Operation Street Sweep, a multi-agency crackdown on lawbreakers and wanted persons Wednesday.

Operation Street Sweep blanketed metro Atlanta with law enforcement officers on special detail to serve warrants and bag traffic violators. Five municipal agencies in Gwinnett fused with Sheriff's Department personnel in the joint effort.

In addition to the 73 arrests, officers dished 324 citations, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

The most major bust occurred at a Lawrenceville residence on Shady Woods Circle.

Tipped off to possible drug activity at the home, deputies spotted several Hispanic men fleeing the residence as they interviewed another occupant. Each was tracked down and arrested.

Inside the home, deputies found $325,000 worth of cocaine, nearly $25,000 in cash and other paraphernalia. They also seized two cars.

The four suspects - Alejandro Castro-Zamora, Miguel Angel Donis-Gonzalez, Jose Alberto Barriga-Gonzales and Roberto Jorge Chavez-Diaz - are charged with trafficking cocaine. They remain without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Other departments reported felony arrests on outstanding warrants during the sweep.

The operation was said to illustrate that various agencies can work in concert with each other while helping track down elusive suspects whose addresses frequently change.