LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Investigators have taken down a major metro Atlanta drug operation involving a Mexican cartel.
In the investigation, which involved a hidden basement, officials say they found cocaine, meth, and a huge stash of cash.
DEA agents told FOX 5 all of that cash was stuff into walls and suitcases. The drugs were found inside food packages.
“There is some people who maybe a little unhappy today,” East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingrahm said.
The combined total of drugs and cash in the raid totalled over $5 million. Agents say it all belonged to a Mexican drug cartel before the raids and series of traffic stops on Friday.
“It’s been ongoing since late 2017 targeting a Mexican cartel,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy said.
Agents say they seized about $850,000 in cash from a Lawrenceville home. They also seized more than a million dollars in heroin laced with fentanyl, $1 million-worth of meth, and over $3 million in cocaine.
They say it was a cooperative effort between multiple law enforcement agencies.
“The only way we’re going to be successful is through cooperation, and this is a shining example of what that cooperation leads to,” Murphy said.
Agents say in the Lawrenceville house the found a hidden basement room where a fake electrical box served as a doorway. Inside they say they found the cash and guns as some of the drugs.
The drugs were offloaded at a tire shop in the South Fulton area, Murphy said.