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GBI seizes more than 97 pounds of marijuana

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has reported that more than 97 pounds of marijuana and an undisclosed number of THC vaporizer pens were seized at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on May 5. The operation was part of an investigation into interstate drug smuggling conducted by the GBI with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the Atlanta and Clayton police departments.

A GBI representative said that the drugs were found in the checked baggage of three individuals who had been identified as likely drug smugglers during the investigation. It is believed that the drugs were purchased in western states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal. According to the GBI, marijuana can be purchased from brokers in these states for about $1,000 per pound and then sold on the streets of Atlanta and other cities in Georgia for as much as $5,000 per pound. The GBI also seized a number of THC vaporizer pens. These are the same kind of devices that have been linked to the hospitalization of dozens of Georgia high school students in recent months.

The three people were taken into custody at the airport were all transported by agents to the Clayton County jail. They have been charged with committing drug crimes including possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and marijuana trafficking. Initial reports do not reveal what initially alerted agents to their alleged activities.

When several suspects are taken into custody together and all face long prison sentences, the prosecutor involved may seek to strengthen the case by offering substantially reduced penalties to the first defendant willing to step forward and cooperate. This is why experienced criminal defense attorneys may suggest that clients in this type of situation who are considering a plea agreement take action sooner rather than later.

Source: WSB-TV, "GBI: 3 arrested trying to smuggle 100 pounds of pot at Atlanta airport", Tom Regan, May 10, 2019

Source: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Interstate Marijuana Trafficking Organization, Press release, May 10, 2019

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