DEA agents dug up $25 million worth of drugs from the backyard of a home in Buford in what is the third largest seizure in the U.S. this year, officials announced in Atlanta Wednesday.
The find is also the largest in Georgia in a year and a half and more proof that Atlanta is becoming a major distribution hub for Mexican drug organizations, DEA agents said.
The bust took place last Wednesday when DEA and FBI agents were conducting surveillance on a house in Buford. As they watched, a man came out of the home, went into the backyard, lifted up a lid from the ground and took out a container. The agents moved in and found drugs buried in the backyard in several 55-gallon trash bins. The containers held 41 kilos of cocaine and 187 pounds of ice, a crystallized form of methampheamine.
"We have continued to seize quantities of meth. None of them have been in excess of 100 pounds. We've been very successful but this is still an education that Atlanta is still a hub," said Sherri Strange of the DEA in Atlanta.
Four men inside the home in Buford were arrested and charged with federal warrants of possession and intent to distribute drugs.
Just more than one year ago, the DEA announced a drug seizure of more than 174 pounds of ice found at locations in Gwinnett County.