Breaking: Drugs, guns, vehicles and cash seized in massive grow house bust in Gwinnett County

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(Gwinnett County, Georgia)  Gwinnett County Police announce a long-term criminal investigation has resultedin the dismantling of two drug trafficking organizations, the closure of multiple drug houses, confiscation of drugs, guns and cash and the arrest of 16 people. GCPD report that the members of the organizations had embedded themselves into the community.

The case is still active, but so far detectives have disabled five marijuana grow houses and executed 15 search warrants in Gwinnett, Henry, and Clayton counties.

“To those passing by, no one would have suspected that these five marijuana grow houses were harboring criminal activity. There was an average of 340-1,500 plants at each home,” GCPD public information officer Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a press release. “The drug trafficking organizations utilized sophisticated equipment to manufacture high-grade marijuana. The largest grow house was an 8,500 square-foot home in Norcross. The detectives learned that the operation was tied to a larger international organization serving not only Gwinnett County and the metro-Atlanta area but also the southeast United States.”

Pihera said on Thursday, March 14, detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit located and seized marijuana grow houses at the following locations:

  • 748 Bartow Drive, Dacula
  • 6015 Williams Road, Norcross
  • 456 Hastings Way, Jonesboro
  • 2202 South Ola Road, Locust Grove
  • 1536 Pine Circle, Lawrenceville

In addition, suspects and/or evidence have been located at the following locations:

  • 804 Austin Court, Lawrenceville
  • 2757 Abilene Trail, Snellville
  • 4672 Orange Jungle Way, Lilburn
  • 3305 Paces Landing Drive, Lawrenceville
  • 3118 Pittard Hill Point, Duluth
  • 1949 Durwood Lane, Duluth

As of today, 3,174 marijuana plants have been recovered as well as a significant amount of additional evidence including THC candies, THC oil, cocaine, illegal mushrooms, 22 firearms, $676,517.00 cash, and 6 vehicles. The estimated street value of the marijuana and other drugs is about $35 million.

“The detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit truly committed themselves to this criminal investigation,” said Major Cleo Atwater, commander of the Special Investigations Section. “Because of their hard work, a significant amount of drugs will be kept out of our neighborhoods and schools.”

“The work of the detectives, in this case, is a shining example of the dedication our officers have to serving the community,” said GCPD Chief Butch Ayers.

The Gwinnett County Police Department worked with several other local and federal agencies, including the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, Gwinnett Metro Drug Task Force, FBI, and the DEA.

The following people have been charged in connection with this criminal investigation:

  • Aiqiu Luo—39, Norcross
    16-13-30 (j) Possession, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, or Sale of Controlled Substances or Marijuana
  • Bui Men—52, Dacula
    16-13-30 (j) Possession, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, or Sale of Controlled Substances or Marijuana
  • Duy Nguyen—26, Lilburn
    16-13-30 VGCSA Possession of Marijuana
  • Jia Zhao—42, Duluth
    16-13-30 (a) Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance
    16-13-30 (a) Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance
    16-13-30 (j) VGCSA Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
    16-11-106 Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Jin Huang—45, Lilburn
    16-13-33 Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act
    16-13-31 VGCSA Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Jun Huang—42, Lilburn
    16-13-30 (b) Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute with Intent to Distribute
    16-13-30 (b) Possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute with Intent to Distribute
    16-13-30 (a) Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance
    16-13-30 (a) Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Linlin Teng—30, Lawrenceville
    16-13-33 Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act
  • Man Lam—34, Duluth
    16-13-30 (j) VGCSA Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
  • Michael Luong—27, Tucker
    16-13-30 (a) Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance
    16-13-30 (b) Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute with Intent to Distribute
  • Phuong Tran—54, Lawrenceville
    16-13-33 Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act
    16-13-31 VGCSA Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Shy Yong—37, Lilburn
    16-13-30 VGCSA Possession of Marijuana
  • Terry Liu—32, Duluth
    16-13-33 Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act
  • Tommy Luong—31, Tucker
    16-13-30 (b) Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute with Intent to Distribute
    16-13-30 (b) Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute with Intent to Distribute
    16-11-131 Possession of Firearms by Convicted Felons and First Offender Probationers
    16-13-30 VGCSA Possession of Marijuana
  • Tuyen Pham—48, Snellville
    16-13-33 Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act
  • Vuong Luu—54, Jonesboro
    16-13-33 Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act
  • Xinde Li—41, Lawrenceville
    16-13-30 (j) Possession, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, or Sale of Controlled Substances or Marijuana

 

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