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3 charged in meth bust; $11,400 in drugs seized

POSTED: July 19, 2013 11:00 p.m.
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Narcotic agents arrested three people on methamphetamine trafficking charges Tuesday, alleging a quantity of $11,400 worth of the drug was discovered after a traffic stop.

Joshua Aaron Barnes, 21, of Flowery Branch is charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Jay Andrew Hutchins, 20, of Dawsonville is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Paola Guadalupe Garcia, 27, of Gainesville is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, misdemeanor obstruction and was placed on an immigration hold.

Upon investigating a traffic stop made by a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol, agents from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad investigated and discovered the large quantity of meth, a small amount of marijuana and one semi-automatic pistol, according to a news release.

The three accused had first appearance in Hall County Magistrate Court on Tuesday. None are eligible for bond unless set by a Superior Court judge because of the trafficking charge.

Hutchins requested indigent defense, and is forgoing a committal hearing.

Joshua Barnes also requested representation from the public defender’s office, and a committal hearing, which has been set for Aug. 1.

Garcia also requested a committal hearing, set for Aug. 1, and did not request a court-appointed attorney.

All three suspects are being held at the Hall County Jail.



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