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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  • by anonymous2 on Dec 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    I think this case is only to just give credit to the police officers........... I don't think this is all true...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    headed probably to south florida or southwest florida where the Mexican and central american communities are growin, I doubt that this had anything to do with Hamilton county. I'm originally from Mexico, and the previous assertion is a fact.
  • by HamCo Res Location: Hamilton on Dec 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Crystal Meth has to be a drug that is very unfamiliar to most of us here in Hamilton County. But, if something is not done soon then Meth, Cocaine & Crack may be a very large part of the problem here. Our Sheriff & his staff are trying very hard but maybe some Federal money to help staff this agency a little more may be whats needed to keep drugs off of our streets.
  • by WoW on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:27 PM
    I bet Feds will take over this case.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM in reply to WoW
      1) When the "mom'n'pop" labs are shut down entirely, the mex cartels will have the _entire_ meth market. 2) Many or most mexican immigrants will vote as the cartels say. 3) You betcha the "Feds will take over this case" -- just not exactly like the honest American might assume.
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