Police find 700 pounds of pot

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County magistrate judge bound charges Friday for four men facing charges surrounding almost 700 pounds of marijuana packaged in microwave boxes.

Juan Carlos Sanchez, Ismael Rodriquez-Ramos, Alejandro Turruviartes-Aguilar and Camarino Turruviartes-Aguilar have been in Gwinnett County jail since April 5 and are all facing trafficking charges after Atlanta HIDTA officers say they found almost 30 large bales of marijuana in a Duluth rental property.

HIDTA officials started surveillance at the location on March 30. When they entered, they found an apparent stash house. Amid makeshift beds made of blankets and pillows, officers say they found 22-pound bales of marijuana "exposed and in plain view."

Some of the 685 pounds were found packaged into boxes made for microwave ovens. The marijuana was concealed with false microwave tops.

An officer testified Friday that his group had previous knowledge of the foursome's involvement in the drug trade.