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Arrests likely after weapons, steroids, other drugs seized from East Hall home
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A cache of weapons, some with their barrels shortened or silencers attached, was discovered during a warrant search of a property on Old Cornelia Highway on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

No arrests have been made, but arrests are likely, in the Thursday seizure of a cache of firearms and drugs at an Old Cornelia Highway home.

Law enforcement with the Drug Enforcement Administration found alprazolam powder and pills, steroids and growth hormone and a large collection of marijuana at the property in East Hall County, according to DEA spokesman Chuvalo Truesdale.

“At this point, there are no arrests, but I would anticipate arrests at some point, as the case remains active,” Truesdale told The Times on Friday, Aug. 24. “The warrants are sealed for now.”

Truesdale noted that “most of these cases are part of a wider distribution network.”

Hall County records list the owner of the property as Kosta Zachos, who purchased it in 2015.

The bust in Hall County — which, along with the drugs, yielded some 71 firearms, including a World War 1-era machine gun from a bunker northeast of Gainesville — began with an investigation into illicit pills found in Roswell.

“As we were able to expand the investigation, it led us to this property. There was evidence associated with this property that there could be a clandestine lab,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Chad Cook.

About 50 pounds of marijuana valued at about $150,000 were found at the home. The DEA also found 800 grams of alprazolam powder and pills and a large quantity of steroids and growth hormone. No value has yet been assigned to the other drugs pulled from the property.

More than 50 long guns and about 20 pistols were found at the property. Some of the rifles had barrels shortened below the 16 inches allowed by federal law, and many of them were unfinished, according to Truesdale.

It’s possible some of the rifles are automatic weapons, according to Truesdale. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has taken the lead on investigating the firearms found on Thursday, but representatives of the ATF were unavailable for comment on Friday.

Along with the rifles, law enforcement found suppressors, body armor and other items.