Possible Major Meth Op Pollutes Communities With Concentrated Drugs

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Sheriffs in Hamilton County, Florida and Echols County, Georgia team up and take down a cross-state Crystal-Meth deal.
Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that he believes they're on the trail of a major operation.

"Oh I think it is, it's a very large operation and not just for our local area, I think this has multi-state connections," Sheriff Reid tells Gullberg.

In a joint-operation, the two Sheriffs departments intercepted a Black Dodge pickup truck in Hamilton County Sunday morning.
It was en-route from North Georgia into the area.
There Sheriff's deputies discovered a pound of Crystal-Meth with a street value closing in on $200,000.
Crystal Meth is far more pure, powerful and concentrated than the powdered meth found in most local labs.

Sheriff Reid says meth busts in South Georgia and North Florida are generally low-grade powdered meth.
He says that means this Crystal Meth probably came from a major lab possibly in Atlanta or even Mexico.

In the bust, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24-year-old Jesus Arteaga from Gainesville, Georgia.
He's facing felony charges of trafficking Meth and possession of narcotic equipment.

"It makes me feel frightened that such type of drugs can be brought here like that," a Hamilton County resident tells Gullberg.

"Because I have teenage daughters that's growing up in this community," says another resident.

Arteaga was arraigned Monday afternoon.
He was denied bond.

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