Officials seize $30,000 worth of meth in bust
An out-of-town man and woman were arrested on drug trafficking charges Tuesday night, Oct. 21, during a routine traffic stop along U.S. Highway 41 in Ringgold.
According to Catoosa County sheriff Gary Sisk, the bust took place around 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, at which time deputies discovered and seized about two pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $30,000 on the street.
Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, Ga., and Mitchell L. Mary Cordova, 24, of Duluth, Ga., were arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of Schedule II narcotics.
Deanda also garnered additional traffic charges.
“Investigation into these two individuals has revealed that they are major distributors of methamphetamine from the metro Atlanta, Ga. area to the metro Chattanooga, Tenn. area,” Sisk said last week.
The duo was first noticed by deputies for having a dark-tinted tag cover obstructing the license plate of the Nissan Altima they were traveling in, reports show.
After being granted permission to search the vehicle by Cordova, who was the owner riding in the passenger seat, deputies found the drugs inside a McDonald’s bag.
The two offenders were transported to jail by members of the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 in Dalton, at which time the drugs, cash, and cell phones were seized as evidence.
Catoosa County sheriff’s deputies confiscated an estimated $30,000 in methamphetamines during a traffic stop in Ringgold Tuesday night, Oct. 21.