Nearly $1 million of powder cocaine is off the streets. It's a bust so big the FBI is aiding in the investigation, and local authorities say it's the biggest one they've seen in southwest Georgia.
Monday, June 18, agents with the Southwest Georgia Gang Task Force made a big time bust. Eight kilograms of powder cocaine, nearly a dozen weapons, cash, and several vehicles were confiscated in Colquitt County.
Sheriff Al Whittington with Colquitt County said, "Hopefully this represents what is to come. Any time we can remove eight kilos of cocaine from the streets of any community I think we've done, it's a job well done."
Three arrests have been made in this case, but because more are pending investigators will not release their identities. The FBI and several local agencies have been working on this case for at least six months and say it has all the signs of gang relations.
Chief Frank Lang with the Moultrie Police Department said, "Just removing one gun helps us a lot. We know that's one less gun to be used by a criminal, and to see this many weapons being seized, it certainly will reduce the chances of more crimes being committed."
Chief Frank Simons with the Valdosta Police Department said, "We do not intend to see away one single inch of our community to bad guys, thugs, thieves, and dope dealers."
Just to help you understand the magnitude of this bust, a bag of sugar weighs two pounds. We're told one kilo of powder cocaine weighs a little more than two pounds, so more than eight bags of sugar could cost up to $1 million.
For that past six months they've been working leads, tips, and those kinds of things, and they say there should be more to come.