South Metro News –
Meth bust leads to discovery of cockfighting ring
South Fulton investigators worked with others from state and federal agencies on the bust, which came after anonymous tips about the drug operation. Officers seized a stolen car, a stolen shotgun and $1,245 in cash. The meth is estimated to have a street value of about $290,000.
Investigators charged Isidoro Palacious, 59, with trafficking methamphetamine. With federal charges pending, police are working to seize both properties, which belong to Palacious, because of their drug-related histories and ties to the cartel.
“Our area is considered a hub for meth trafficking,” Meadows said. “Interstate 85 is a major route for trafficking between Atlanta and Florida.”
The case comes less than two weeks after South Fulton police broke up a drug “superstore” in a warehouse where dealers gathered to sell marijuana and other narcotics. Sixty-four people were charged in that case, with additional arrests expected.
“We’re taking the necessary steps to drive out drug-related activity,” Meadows said. “The message is clear. If you’re producing or trafficking narcotics, it’s time for you to leave the City of South Fulton.”
An investigation into a suspected methamphetamine lab led South Fulton police to the discovery of a cockfighting ring, authorities said.
Isidoro Palacios, 59, of McDonough, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to jail records. Palacios was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Tuesday and remains there on $100,000 bond.
South Fulton police confirmed in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they seized 77 pounds of meth between two locations: a house that contained a lab on Westbrook Road in Union City, and a barn on Stonewall Tell Road that also housed the birds.
According to police, the house on Westbrook Road is owned by Palacios and he is renting the barn on Stonewall Tell Road. They said the meth lab in the home was large enough that it used four clothes dryers in the process of manufacturing the illegal drug.
South Fulton police worked the case with the help of Homeland Security Investigation agents, Channel 2 Action News reported.