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Smyrna men named in connection with drug trafficking ring

Several of the men named in the prosecutors' complaint lived in Walton Grove Apartments on Cumberland Boulevard.

Several of the men federal authorities say were involved in a Mexico-based drug trafficking and money-laundering organization with ties to Atlanta and Houston lived in an apartment in Smyrna.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday that prosecutors in Atlanta charged six people in a federal complaint filed Monday, Feb. 16. Prosecutors say Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez was a local cocaine and methamphetamine supplier for the organization. Cintora-Gonzalez is accused of working with Jorge Armando-Reyes, Israel Edgardo Rivera-Pacheco, Victor Hugo Morales-Avila, Edgar Cintora-Gonzalez and Brenda Perez.

Authorities seized more than a dozen guns, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, counterfeit money and drugs from the Smyrna apartment where several of the men lived.

Mike Smith, Smyrna police public information officer, identified the apartment complex as Walton Grove, 2550 Cumberland Boulevard Southeast. He said Smyrna police were not involved in the investigation.

R. Anderson February 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
You say he said it well. I'm still trying to figure out what he said. Your thank you is nice but I don't think federal agents read the S-V Patch. And all Mike Smith did was admit that the SPD wasn't involved in the investigation. I can see the slant you're trying to put on this and it isn't going to work. The only thing Smyrna had to do with this is that it provided them with a base of operations (in our Mayor Pro Temp's ward).
Freya Stark February 17, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Mexican drug cartels set up shop in Atlanta Atlanta Journal-Constitution | BILL TORPY When U.S. law enforcement officials last month busted a Mexican drug cartel moving tons of dope and millions of dollars, they announced it in Atlanta. The distribution ring stretched from Colombia to New York to Italy, but the operation’s key hub was Atlanta. Long a commerce and transportation center for giants like UPS and Delta Air Lines, Atlanta tags itself as an “international city.” This time, it embodied that definition in an illicit way. Federal drug agent Jack Killorin calls Atlanta “the new Southwest border.” Mexican distribution rings supply about 90 percent of the cocaine, 80 percent of the methamphetamine and half of the marijuana used in the United States, estimates Rodney G. Benson, the agent in charge of the DEA Administration office in Atlanta. A huge proportion of the payload headed for the Atlantic seaboard, the Southeast and the Midwest flows through Atlanta’s interstates, a federal report said this year. The transformation of narcotics trafficking to the Mexican networks started shifting in the 1990s. Experts say it’s a combination of population shifts, supply chain improvements, product development, criminal outsourcing, even the NAFTA. “If you put a starting date [on the Mexican involvement], it’s the explosion in the Latin community since the [1996 Atlanta] Olympics,” he said.
GaPatriot February 17, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Criminal invaders should not have any more "rights" than illegal aliens have in Mexico. I suggest you go and try to get a job in Mexico and get a good glimpse of why we have this problem. The stupid people you speak of Mike H are the ones who do not understand how dangerous these "hard working" Mexicans are. I am thinking you have never been hit by one of these invaders - no licence, no insurance - your problem.
Pineapple Muerte February 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Now that GaPatriot was well said. It speaks volumes to the credibility of the SPD that all these other agencies conducted this investigation and subsequent arrests without the assistance or even knowledge of the SPD. And while I'm a staunch supporter of the Constitution, to claim that local law enforcement has no power or even business to check the immigration status of someone, particularly those involved in criminl activity is what's truly ridiculous. Furthermore, I personally do believe our elected officials can and should be held accountable. Turning a blind eye & shirking responsibility is what contributed to the terrible state S. Cobb Dr. is in. (Speaking of criminal activity!)
ron delnero February 25, 2012 at 04:52 AM
A clue could have been their mexican connections. So yes, you're right about not profiling "stupid people"...You're home free! Profiling is done hourly and quite often succesfully. Some people are also thankful the naive aren't profiled as well.

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