Police said they have taken some of the largest cocaine suppliers in Northwest Georgia off the streets.
A traffic stop Thursday night in Floyd County and a search of a Calhoun home on Friday led to the arrest of three Gordon County residents on federal felony charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to the confiscation of more than five pounds, or 2,400 grams, of the drug.
After cocaine has been cut and packaged for resale, it sells for $100 a gram, making the street value of the drugs seized $240,000, said Joey Jacobs, Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force commander.
Officers with the task force, the Calhoun Special Operations Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency seized nine ounces, or 252 grams, of cocaine from Jesus Ramon Sicaros, 34, of 150 Foxhall Road, No. 1, during a traffic stop by Floyd County police Thursday at Ga. 53 and Plainville Road in Floyd County, said Jacobs.
On Friday, police arrested Luz Maria Arzapalo 42, of 3230 Resaca-Lafayette Road, Sugar Valley, and Felipe Sicaros 44, of the same address, after serving a search warrant at their home, and the rest of the cocaine was seized.
“The cocaine was pure and uncut,” Jacobs said.
The trio was taken to the Floyd County Jail but has been picked up by federal authorities, a jail spokesman said.
Jacobs said it took several agencies working together to make the arrests and the drug seizure. “All of the agencies played a part in this,” Jacobs said. “And we got a substantial supplier of cocaine to this area with everyone’s cooperation.”
Sgt. J. Marquez, commander of Calhoun Special Operations, stated, “It is always great when different facets of law enforcement come together to achieve one goal, and that’s eradicating narcotics from the city of Calhoun and Gordon County.”
The Calhoun Times contributed to this report.