Drug squad raids two houses, nets $2 million marijuana bust
by Kim Isaza
December 01, 2012 12:39 AM | 5473 views | 7 7 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NORTHEAST COBB — Two men are being held in Cobb Jail without bond after drug investigators from multiple law-enforcement agencies raided two homes and seized nearly 500 pounds of marijuana, plus two firearms and $106,210 in cash.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $1.9 million, Cobb Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Nancy Bodiford said.

Pedro Ramirez, 47, of San Fernando, Calif., and Alejandro Lopez, 32, of Marietta, are charged with felony drug trafficking.

A probe by special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta led to the discovery of two houses in Cobb and Douglas County that investigators believe were used for trafficking the drugs.

On Nov. 9, HSI, assisted by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Narcotics Unit, the DEA and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, conducted surveillance of both residences.

During a traffic stop of a car driven by Ramirez, agents found more than 26 pounds of marijuana.

Agents then obtained a search warrant for 3539 Lookout Point Drive, in Marietta, where more than 440 pounds of marijuana and two firearms were seized. Officials say Lopez, also identified as Alejandro Lopez-Alvarado, lived at the residence, which is off Canton Road below Hawkins Store Road.

The investigation also led agents to a home at 1740 Nutmeg St., in Douglasville, where they found $106,210 in cash, drug ledgers and wrapping material for marijuana bundles, officials said.

In a news release announcing the arrests, Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said his agency has deputies assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and ICE.

“Partnering with other agencies is a critical component of our mission to keep the citizens of Cobb County safe,” Warren said.

A task force officer from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is assigned to the HSI Strike Force group in Atlanta and acts as a liaison with the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit.

Brock D. Nicholson is special agent in charge of HSI Atlanta.

“Drug-smuggling organizations seek to exploit any weakness they can find in law enforcement’s efforts to shield our communities from dangerous and addictive substances,” Nicholson is quoted in the news release. “By strengthening our relationships with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and other local enforcement agencies, we are denying these criminal organizations the terrain they need to successfully avoid identification. By standing shoulder to shoulder together against these often violent criminals, we are making communities safer.”
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reno88
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December 03, 2012
great. even harder to score now...thanks a lot, coppers.
Gringo Bandito
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December 02, 2012
How do the police expect to be taken seriously when they are trying to say that marijuana is almost $4000 per pound?
Thank You
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December 02, 2012
Another great job by Sheriff Warren and his team.
sameoldsameoldcrap
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December 03, 2012
Jerry Gonzalez?? Rich Pellegrino?? Kevin Fooley?? Where are you?! Surely this was racial profiling. Aren't you going to kick and scream and demand an investigation?! Or is this just the same old, same old. These 2 gems are the face of your movement. Get this scum out of our community and country. And follow them out the door.
Support NORML
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December 01, 2012
Marijuana is neither dangerous nor addictive and should be legalized. It's being illegal is what makes our communities unsafe. Legalize and tax it.
mk- mulch or pot
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December 01, 2012
Give these fine young illegal aliens 'citizen of the year' awards for being fine examples of the future of America!

Give them free food, free shelter & free medical too!

Landscapers by day, drug traffikers by night!

We welcome you throughout the rundown neighborhoods of Cobb County, Ga!

Somebody's gotta live here!

Just ask mayor Bacon!
Elmer Fittery
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December 01, 2012
legalize and tax marijuana.

Aside from that, cities, states and the federal government should sell the huge stash they collect for a cheap price. This would flood the market and put the illegal dealers out of business. It would also make a LOT of money for them.
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