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Georgia couple charged after authorities seize $1.5 million worth of cocaine

November 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Georgia couple charged after authorities seize $1.5 million worth of cocaine

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A Georgia couple was charged with cocaine trafficking after local and federal officials confiscated $1.5 million worth of the drug that was being kept at two locations.

Over 50 pounds of cocaine and a half million in cash was confiscated at a 100-acre farm and at another residence where Cupertino Mendoza and Iartina Alvizo Zapata lived, a Facebook post by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office indicated.

According to the Macon Telegraph, the bust, which took place on November 1st, was carried out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the special operations unit of the sheriff’s office.

In addition to the drugs and money, four cars, a skid steer and a cattle trailer also were taken after it was discovered that the items were involved in drug dealing.

Mendoza and Zapata have each been charged with trafficking cocaine, possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, and possessing a vehicle with a false compartment.

“We will work cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies to eradicate drugs from our county,” Sheriff Darrell Dix said in the Facebook post. “If you are a drug dealer in Spalding County, we look forward to seeing you.”

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