Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Three Duluth men were among those arrested recently in a drug bust that netted more than $3 million worth of marijuana, Gainesville police announced Tuesday.
Among two other men arrested earlier this month were Jose Luis Chavez-Morfin, 43; Juventino Morfin-Mendoza, 38; and Jose Macias Chavez, 45, all of Duluth. According to Gainesville police Lt. Scott Ware, the men were booked on April 12 as the result of a three-week drug trafficking investigation by agencies including the FBI, DEA, homeland security and local authorities.
During the investigation, agents intercepted a tractor-trailer on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Gainesville.
Inside the truck, Ware said they found "numerous pallets of produce containing peppers, cactus and cilantro." Inside those, officials said, were 106 packages of marijuana weighing a total of about 1,572 pounds.
Officials estimated the street value of the drugs at $3,144,0000.
The three Gwinnett men arrested were charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. All have immigration holds placed on them.
Two other men -- Marcos Antonio Ortiz-Barajas, 19, of Douglasville and Calvin Elwood Gearhart, 47, of Wichita, Kan. -- were also arrested and charged.