CONYERS - The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana after a multi-month investigation and traffic stop - the largest drug seizure in RCSO history.
The RCSO/Conyers Police Vice and Narcotics Unit reportedly became suspicious of activity at a warehouse on Old Covington Road. Investigators began to suspect that the warehouse was being used for illegal drug activity and conducted surveillance on the warehouse for several months.
On the morning of Thursday, July 2, 2015, investigators noticed a lot of activity at the warehouse and suspected that a shipment of drugs had just been delivered. A short time later, a work van arrived at the warehouse and then left. A uniformed RCSO deputy then reportedly saw the van run off the roadway and performed a traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, a RCSO K-9 gave a positive indication for narcotics inside the van. Upon opening the van, deputies discovered 47 wrapped bundles of marijuana.
Investigators then obtained a search warrant for the warehouse, where an additional 37 wrapped bundles of marijuana were found.
In total, 84 wrapped bundles of marijuana were seized from the van and the warehouse. The final weight of the marijuana came out to 2,074 pounds, which is believed to be the largest drug seizure in RCSO history.
"Drugs and the people distributing drugs are a risk to children and the community as a whole, and are not welcome in Rockdale County," said Sheriff Eric J. Levett. "I will continue my pledge to fight crime, apprehend those breaking the law and reduce crime. This was another great job by the men and women of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department."
Three suspects were arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana: Oscar Rene Cobian, 31, of Lawrenceville; Giovanny Eliseo Galvez-Fajardo, 29, of Jonesboro; Jessie Lionel Suazo, 28, of Calumet, Illinois. Galvez-Fajardo was also charged with Failure to Maintain Lane. All three are being held in the Rockdale County Jail without bond.