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Tip leads to huge pot haul

June 22, 2005

Americus--  An anonymous tip leads to a huge marijuana bust in Sumter County. Agents say it's one of the largest in the county's history.

A 35-pound brick of Mexican marijuana was found in the back of George Pickle's pick-up truck early Tuesday morning. Several hours later Jose Hernandez and Genaro Solachi were arrested with a second 35-pound brick. Agents say the two Hispanic men were delivering drugs to Pickle who distributed it to local dealers. All three are charged with trafficking marijuana.

"The investigation is also being coducted on the federal level by the Drug Enforcement Administration out of Columbus, Georgia. The federal prosecutors in Albany have been notified, and the case will be sought for federal indictments in Albany on all three suspects," says Drug Task Force Lt. Ralph Stuart.

Agents expect to make additional arrests by the end of the week. Each brick has a street value of about $70,000 but investigators say they can link the case to about 400 pounds of marijuana that has been smuggled into Sumter County.

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