Of­fi­cials seize $30,000 worth of meth in bust

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

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.

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