In total, the authorities said they seized 170 kilograms of heroin, 10 kilograms of cocaine, 8 kilograms of marijuana, more than $ 1 million in cash and 41 guns.
“It was a ridiculous amount of heroin,” said Robert J. Murphy, the agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Atlanta Field Division.
“A few kilograms would be a major seizure in the past,” he added. “I never in more than 30 years of my law enforcement could expect to see this amount of heroin seized here in Atlanta.”;
Connection of cartels
On Wednesday, the US Attorney’s Office in North Georgia announced Daniels, 46, had been indicted on federal charges related to possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana, and possess a gun to continue the drug trade.
“The amount of drugs, money and weapons allegedly controlled by Daniels highlights the scale of heroin and cocaine being trafficked into this community by local drug dealers with high-level ties with the organizations. international drug trafficking, “US Attorney Byung J. Pak said in a recently posted information.
CNN has contacted Daniels’s lawyer for comment but has not received a response.
The case originated from a long-term investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the support of state and local authorities. During the press conference, agents involved in the case said Daniels is linked with Cartel New Generation Jalisco in Mexico.
“What’s unusual here is how we handle this,” Murphy said. “We actually did this in reverse and we did some epilepsy in Mexico.”
Dealers say they learned of Daniels following the $ 7 million confiscation in Mexico last year. In that bankruptcy, they identified financial ledgers accusing the Atlanta man of receiving more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine between August 2018 and October 2019, according to the statement.
“The ledgers reflect that Daniels has returned more than $ 31 million in drug proceeds to the organization that was eventually shipped to Mexico,” according to the statement.
Agents say the indictment is just the beginning and more arrests are expected.
“Due to COVID, the criminals think the police are not there,” Pak said at the press conference. “This is a perfect example of how we are out there to stop toxins and dangerous materials from the streets.”
CNN’s Laura James and Harmeet Kaur contributed to this report.