Cross country cocaine drug bust

ATLANTA, GA (WAGA) - Commerce Drive in Stockbridge is a lonely stretch of road, an industrial area ending in a vacant lot.

It's the kind of place where nobody pays much attention to big trucks, like a motor vehicle carrier says Kevin Clark, a property owner here

"There's several of them up and down the street all the time. So that kind of traffic would not attract attention? No not at all, that's every day," said Kevin Clark.

 Authorities say that was the idea behind the planned delivery of 20 kilos of cocaine hidden in the gas tank of this car, to be delivered to commerce drive in Stockbridge on a motor vehicle Carrier coming in from Riverside California.

But the coke was intercepted and confiscated in Southern California where one man was arrested.

Major Chad Rosborough with the Flint Circuit Drug Task force also tells us California agents and his agency set up an undercover sting here in Georgia.

"They took the drugs out of the vehicle, sent the vehicle to us via the car hauler who was coming out here anyway. Since we had a final location we wanted to attempt to get there and see who was actually going to be receiving the drugs on this end," said Major Chad Rosborough.

Major Rosborough says when the car carrier got to this location agents with his drug task force and deputies with the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Canines descended on the suspects to make the arrests.

"The three subjects showed up take custody of the car it was given to them. Once they took custody that's when we came in and made the arrests," said Major Rosborough.

The three men, one from nearby Hapeville, one from Seattle and the third from Fort Wayne Indiana are at the Henry County jail on trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Their load described as high quality cocaine valued at around four hundred thousand dollars, double or triple that when cut for the streets.

Major Rosborough suspects the cocaine likely originated with the Mexican drug cartel with an eye toward unnoticeable places like Stockbridge, Henry County, Georgia.

"It's still a fairly rural county so you have a lot of areas like commerce drive off the beaten path," said Major Rosborough.

"Yeah pretty surprised! That's a little out of the ordinary to see something like that down here I guess." said Property owner Kevin Clark.
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