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Coffee Co. Investigators make a big pot bust

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

Douglas, GA (WALB) – Six people are behind bars, and close to 200 pounds of marijuana is off the street thanks to the work of Coffee County Investigators.

Thursday night, authorities arrested several men in connection with a large operation. Drug agents and Investigators have been working on this case for a couple months now, and their hard work paid off.

They were able to arrest six Hispanic men, and take close to $200,000 worth of marijuana off the streets. It's a trend investigators are seeing more often.

"They would keep sliding them in the tube until they filled it up get here open it back up and just pull them on out," said Coffee County Sheriff's Maj. Daniel Paulk.

Criminals using vehicles with hidden compartments to store drugs and money. "You have some of the blocks that are in the compacted shape and this would fit into the natural tubing of the trailer And in this case, blocks of Marijuana.

"They they put this back up here and repainted it and it looked like a pretty good job."

Investigators say a car-hauling trailer with Texas tags, was used as a way to smuggle Marijuana into the area. Officers conducted surveillance on a mobile home, where the trailer was parked, a spot they think was used to stash the drugs. When a vehicle left the house, they pulled it over.

"We had it stopped it had ten pounds of marijuana in the vehicle Investigators say the one of the people who got stopped, made a call back to the stash house," said Paulk.

"They started bringing big bags of marijuana or drugs out of the house into the car."

But when a second car left the house, officers made a big discovery in the trunk. 186 pounds of marijuana was discovered, making it one of the biggest marijuana trafficking cases officers have seen in years.

 "I think my biggest one I've made as far as processed marijuana in my fifteen years here has been 147 pounds," said Paulk.

Officers also discovered $11,000 in cash and a firearm at the house. "There were five individuals at the mobile home that were involved in the removal and repackaging of the marijuana and then we arrested the driver who drove the vehicle from Texas to here."

Officers think the men were supplying the drugs all over Georgia. Right now investigators are in the process of interviewing these suspects. They hope that as the investigation unfolds they are able to make more arrests in connection with this operation.

All six men are charged with trafficking marijuana, which is a felony.

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