BUFORD - An observant Gwinnett police officer intercepted three drug dealers acting fishy around gas pumps at a QuikTrip station in Buford this week, authorities said.
The officer, a member of the department's highway interdiction team, approached and questioned the three suspects Thursday morning at the 2900 Buford Drive business. All three were "acting suspiciously" around a 2002 GMC Yukon, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.
"During the course of the conversation, the officer noticed discrepancies in their explanations," Schiralli said.
The driver, the officer found, was operating the vehicle with a suspended license, Schiralli said. With probable cause to search the SUV, the officer found a handgun, a plastic bag with $27,600 in cash and a kilo of cocaine - valued at $110,000 on the street, Schiralli said.
All three suspects - Lino Ambriz-Aguilera, 21, of Bakersfield, Calif., Castor Humberto, 34, of Smyrna, and Ramiro Morales, 28, of Marietta - were arrested without incident. They remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
All three are charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, both felonies.
The arrests come on the heels of two major drug takedowns in Gwinnett in the last two weeks involving narcotics and marijuana trafficking.