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Feds investigating Jamaican drug trafficking organization in Atlanta

October 4, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds investigating Jamaican drug trafficking organization in Atlanta

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Federal authorities are investigating a Jamaican money laundering and drug trafficking organization working in the Atlanta area that’s allegedly dealing large quantities of marijuana, cocaine, and MDMA/Ecstasy and sending it through the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS.

The head of the drug trafficking organization is a man from Atlanta named Michael L. Bennett, who is also known by the nickname “Bundown,” according to court documents.

Investigators claim that the suspect “is allegedly one of the largest brokers and distributors of cocaine and marijuana between the United States and a Mexican drug cartel,” and that he manages a distribution ring spanning from Boston to Florida.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Bennett has a lengthy criminal past, including being apprehended back in 2009 at a TSA checkpoint trying to smuggle roughly $220,498 on a flight from Atlanta to Pheonix, Arizona. The cash was subsequently seized by the U.S. government.

The man allegedly utilized multiple businesses in Atlanta to receive shipments of illegal drugs and to launder the illicit drug profits.

U.S. Attorney John A. Horn requested in an Atlanta federal court to issue the seizure of a residence in California that is reportedly being employed in the drug trafficking operation.

A neighbor informed federal agents that she saw people arrive at the home with big luggage-type bags and then immediately leave. The next-door-neighbor also said that during the renovation of the Los Angeles home, an electrician stated that he was working in a room over the garage that resembled a large “safe room, a vault with high-tech alarms.” The neighbor also reported that she had seen a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini parked in front.

The feds also explain how Bennett purchased a 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe from a Beverly Hills car dealership paying with “bricks of cash.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is initiating the investigation, according to Bryan D. Cox, an ICE spokesman.

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