Rigoberto Romero Aguirre, 41, whose address was not listed, and Paul Modesto Serrano Santiago, 41, of Atlanta, are accused of attempting to traffic approximately $8 million of marijuana through Austell last Thursday.
Aguirre is also charged with driving without a license and without functioning brake lights, according to the arrest warrant.
Cobb County Police discovered 1,797 pounds of marijuana packaged in 63 bundles in Aguirre’s van at a checkpoint at the intersection of Oak Ridge Road and Oak Ridge Commerce Way in Austell about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Aguirre was reportedly driving a white 2004 GMC Savannah van during the stop and Santiago was in a black 2003 Honda Accord driving behind him.
While talking to police about his lack of a driver’s license, police reported the smell of marijuana coming from his car.
“The overwhelming odor of fresh, raw marijuana could be smelled emanating from the van,” according to the warrant.
Santiago became involved in the incident when Aguirre pointed to his car while talking to police.
“(Santiago) was visibly nervous and was noticeably interested in the van,” his warrant states.
In a search of Aguirre’s van, police found marijuana in a large trash bag wrapped in green shrink wrap.
In Santiago’s car, police found three large spools of shrink wrap, a roll of duct tape and a large postal-sized digital scale.
Both men were taken into custody without incident. Santiago remains in the Cobb County jail without a bond and Aguirre has an immigration hold against him.
Two Mableton men remain in the Cobb County jail on immigration holds and charges related to them being in possession of almost 100 pounds of methamphetamine with a value of about $4.4 million if it were sold on the street.
Jorge Romero, 37, and Victor Fegueroa, 33, were arrested on July 31 on charges of trafficking meth.
Police obtained a warrant to search a residence in the 5100 block of Maple Valley, which is between Floyd and Fontaine roads in Mableton, on July 31. Once on the property, officers with the county’s narcotics unit reported finding 98 pounds of meth hidden in statues in a truck on the property.
“(Romero and Fegueroa were) loading a U-Haul truck that the methamphetamine was transported in,” the warrant states.
The Marietta/Cobb/ Smyrna narcotics unit refused to release further information about the case, which is under investigation.
$420,000 in cocaine
Two men, neither of whom are from Cobb County, were arrested last week after police confiscated approximately $420,200 worth of cocaine from a car in which they were found.
Joshua Nikka Sumerlin, 27, of Riverdale, and Rodney Lamont Holmes, 33, of Covington, were arrested July 30 on charges of trafficking and possessing cocaine, being in possession of marijuana and obstruction of an officer.
According to the arrest warrants, agents with Cobb’s narcotics unit made contact with Summerlin and Holmes in a parking lot near Cumberland Mall at about 8:45 p.m. last Tuesday.
During a search of the car, officers found four “duct tape bundles” containing 9.38 pounds of cocaine, 2.8 grams of crack cocaine and 5.4 grams of marijuana.
The pair was also charged with obstruction for reportedly trying to exit the car and run as police cars drove up to their vehicle.
They both remain in the Cobb County jail without a bond, according to jail records.