BETHLEHEM, GA - Five men have been arrested for running a local methamphetamine laboratory out of a residence at 1625 Sedgefield Trail, Bethlehem, Ga.
The Barrow County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit says they arrested Catarino Lopez, Sergio Lopez, Arturo Lopez-Torres, Jhonnathan Ulivi Vergara, and Julio Moreno-Nieto.
Upon arriving at the residence, investigators contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Laboratory Team, an entity that specializes in dismantling drug labs, and seized 19 one-gallon containers filled with liquid meth, which amounted to 45 pounds of crystal meth and had a street value of $1 million. Investigators also found three firearms, marijuana, cocaine and over $250,000 in cash.
Police received a tip from a credible source that the liquid meth was being transported from Mexico into Georgia.
The men are being charged with a combination of the following:
- Trafficking in meth
- Manufacturing meth
- Possession of firearms during commission of a felony
- Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
- Possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute
All five men are being held at the Barrow County Detention Center without bond at this time.
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