The FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Task Force has arrested six individuals, including a Marietta man, and are looking for two more in connection to a major drug operation, according to a news release.
The arrests were made on Thursday when federal warrants were served in Cobb, Cherokee, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Pickens counties, and came as a result of an investigation into a methamphetamine distribution network that sold large amounts of the drug throughout northeast Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, according to the FBI.
Among the six arrested on federal complaints for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine was 38-year-old Salome Urieta-Jamies of Marietta, according to the FBI.
The FBI announced it had also arrested:
♦ Teofilo Santana-Medrano, AKA Carlos Santana, 28, of Lawrenceville;
♦ Lesli Alvarado Arroyo, 27, of Lawrenceville;
♦ Mitchell Lingerfelt, 44, of Ball Ground;
♦ Michael Davis, 56, of Canton; and
♦ Maria Maldonado, 37, of Atlanta.
Remaining at large as of Friday were 22-year-old Javier Eras of Atlanta and 52-year-old Tim Barnes of Jasper, according to the FBI.
In November 2017, the North Georgia Major Offender Task Force began investigating the case that had been initiated by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Through cooperation with assisting agencies the task force identified a drug trafficking network that Santana-Medrano was using to traffic and sell kilos of methamphetamine in metro Atlanta, the north Georgia mountains, North Carolina and Florida.
On Thursday, the task force with the assistance of the United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia, the GBI’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Corrections, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, Zell Miller Task Force and Homeland Security executed nine search warrants and 10 arrest warrants throughout Atlanta and north Georgia.
The FBI is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Javier Eras and Tim Barnes to call the FBI Atlanta Field Office at 770-216-3000 of submit a tip online at tips.gbi.gov.