16 Arrested in Marijuana grow house bust, nets $35 million in drugs

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police said it was a sophisticated drug trafficking organization hidden in plain sight. But now, more than a dozen people have been charged in connection to the case that spanned at least five homes in three metro Atlanta counties. 

It comes after a five-month investigation into the alleged drug trafficking.

On March 14, Gwinnett County Police said they executed 15 search warrants at homes across Gwinnett, Henry and Clayton counties. There, they reportedly found hundreds of marijuana plants – and the people allegedly harvesting them – growing inside. 

During their search of each alleged grow home – the largest of which was 8,500 square feet – investigators found an average of 340 to 1,500 marijuana plants. They also found “sophisticated equipment” police said was used to manufacture the high-grade marijuana.

In total, police said they seized more than 3,100 marijuana plants, along with “significant amounts” of THC candy, THC oil, cocaine, illegal mushrooms, 22 firearms and well over $676,000 in cash. 

Police said the drugs had an estimated value of $35 million.

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In total, police said they seized more than 3,100 marijuana plants, along with “significant amounts” of THC candy, THC oil, cocaine, illegal mushrooms, 22 firearms and well over $676,000 in cash.