3 arrested with $35K worth of meth
by Wes Mayer
Three people suspected of trafficking more than two pounds of methamphetamine were arrested late Thursday by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Around 11:30 p.m., investigators with the Crime Suppression Unit were notified of a vehicle possibly within the parameters of the county, suspected of carrying a large amount of narcotics, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Investigators located the suspicious vehicle heading southbound on Interstate 85 and followed as it exited the interstate and came to a stop at the Waffle House on Highway 154. There, after monitoring the vehicle, investigators approached the driver.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 21-year-old male by the name of Jim Edward Torres. Accompanying Torres were two female passengers, Adriana Villanueva, 18, and Rocio Villanueva Castula, 50, according to Yarbrough.
After speaking with the detained suspects, investigators were able to obtain consent to search the vehicle. Agents then discovered a plastic bag containing 2.2 pounds of what was suspected to be methamphetamine, worth approximately $35,000.
Punishment for the possession of the illegal substance in the state of Georgia varies by weight, in grams. The 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine found in the vehicle equals approximately 997.9 grams. According to Georgia law, any possession of methamphetamine weighing more than 28 grams is considered drug trafficking. In addition, the mandatory sentence for an individual convicted of possessing more than 400 grams is a minimum of 25 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.
All three suspects, who are from Norcross and were passing through Coweta County, Yarbrough said, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine in violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and were transported to the Coweta County Jail. Investigators also seized more than $1,000 in cash found in their possession.