Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Domestic dispute call leads to big drug bust

Officers investigating an apparent domestic disturbance ended up making a $5.1 million drug bust, Gwinnett police said Tuesday.

A "concerned citizen" called police about 5:46 p.m. on Monday to report that a woman was screaming inside a Lawrenceville home and police were needed to check on her, said Gwinnett police Cpl. Darren Moloney.

Police arrived at the home on Primrose View Circle and were allowed inside by a man. "Several items of drug paraphernalia were observed in plain view," Moloney said. Officers ordered the home locked down and obtained a search warrant.

The county's Drug Task Force then seized 51,306 ounces of methamphetamine worth an estimated $5.1 million and marijuana worth an estimated $85,600.

Jorge Moreno Marciel, 28, of Lawrenceville, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.



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