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Five arrested in $3 million drug bust in Gainesville

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Source: Gainesville Police Department Source: Gainesville Police Department
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GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Police have arrested five men after making a $3 million marijuana bust in Hall County.

After investigating the suspected drug trafficking for about three weeks, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, conducted a joint operation on April 12 to stop a tractor trailer on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 

Officers found pallets of cilantro, peppers and cactus inside the truck, some of which contained packages of marijuana.

In all, officers found 106 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 1,600 pounds with a street value of $3,144,000.

Police arrested Jose Luis Chavez-Morfin, 38, Juventino Morfin-Mendoza, 38, Jose Macias-Sanchez, 45, Marcos Antonio Ortiz-Barajas, 19 and Calvin Elwood Gearhart, 47, and booked them into the Hall County Jail.

All five men were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. An immigration hold was also placed on Chavez-Morfin, Morfin-Mendoza, Macias-Sanchez and Ortiz-Barajas.

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