$11.2 million in drugs found in Duluth warehouse

DULUTH — Investigators on Tuesday were trying to determine where dealers planned to distribute more than 500 pounds of drugs that were found in a warehouse Monday morning.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office also wants to find out “how far up the chain” the suspects were and who they were affiliated with.

Three men were arrested on charges of trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine after the $11.2 million drug bust at a Duluth warehouse Monday morning.

A search of the warehouse at 3762 Peachtree Crest Drive led to the discovery of 120 kilograms of cocaine and 380 pounds of methamphetamine.

Jose Romero of Gainesville, Epifanio Sandoval of Athens and Luis Vasquez of Forest Park were taken into custody at the scene, Smith said.

Investigators showed up at the warehouse with a search warrant Monday and found cocaine with a street value of $3.6 million and methamphetamine with a street value of $7.6 million.

Smith said that in early February sheriff’s investigators “began building a case based on information they received about the warehouse in Duluth. After countless hours of surveillance on the warehouse and key subjects in the investigation, officials were granted a search warrant of the property.”

The suspects remain without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail. The ages of the suspects were not yet available Tuesday.

It’s still an ongoing investigation, Smith said.

Smith said Sheriff Butch Conway is “elated with the work of these deputies as well as the Georgia State Patrol, and he’s glad that this large quantity of drugs will not hit the streets. Kudos to these investigators.”