Three days into November and Georgia authorities have already seized about $3.1 million worth of drugs.
The first one occurred during a raid on a 96-acre farm in Spalding County in the city of Griffin. The Sheriff's office worked with the Department of Homeland Security and seized $1.5 million in cocaine, $53,000 in cash, four vehicles, a cattle trailer, and a skid-steer loader. Two people were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of a vehicle with a false compartment.
The second bust occurred in Troup County, Georgia when a Sheriff stopped a tractor-trailer on I-85 North. The driver passed a weigh station and did not stay in his lane. Officials found 151 pounds of high-grade marijuana in the truck. The street value of the marijuana was $1.6 million. The driver and passenger were charged with trafficking marijuana, failure to maintain lane, failure to obey a traffic control device and driving with an expired license.
In both cases, the punishments the defendants will receive should be substantially high. The penalty for trafficking cocaine directly correlates to the amount of cocaine seized at the time of the charge. With $1.5 million of cocaine seized, it is likely over 400 grams. Therefore, the penalty for more than 400 grams of cocaine is a mandatory prison term of at least twenty-five years with a fine of $1 million. However, the defendants will have the ability to minimize their prison time by assisting in the identification, arrest, or conviction of other individuals involved in the drug operation.
With regard to the trafficking marijuana charge, the penalty for trafficking above 10,000 pounds is at least fifteen years in prison and a fine of $1 million. Similarly to trafficking cocaine, the defendants will have the possibility of reducing their time in prison by assisting in the apprehension of other people in the drug operation.
Both busts were a job well done by authorities, and hopefully, they will be able to capture more members of the drug operation.
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