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Cops make $35 million marijuana bust in Atlanta

In mid-March, Georgia authorities raided and shut down five marijuana grow houses in the metro Atlanta area. The raids were the culmination of a criminal investigation that began in late 2018.

According to media reports, officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department received information in mid-October about suspected marijuana grow houses in Gwinnett County, Henry County and Clayton County. An investigation into the houses revealed that the locations were residential homes that had been converted into "elaborate" manufacturing setups. When investigators raided the properties, they allegedly found over 1,500 marijuana plants, 22 guns, six cars and $676,000 in cash. The estimated value of the marijuana was $35 million, making the bust one of the largest in Atlanta history.

Sixteen Gwinnett County residents were arrested as a result of the raids. According to authorities, the investigation is ongoing and more drug seizures and arrests are expected to follow.

Georgia has strict laws regarding narcotics trafficking and other drug crimes. As a result, defendants could face decades in prison, steep fines and the seizure of personal property if they are convicted. However, a criminal defense attorney familiar with drug cases could protect a defendant's rights and work to protect their future. For example, by investigating the case, an attorney may find that the prosecution's facts are incorrect. This could lead to the case being dropped or the defendant getting an acquittal at trial. Another option could be to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors that mitigates the most serious charges and significantly reduce the penalties.

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