Authorities said they discovered marijuana smuggled into North Georgia from states with legalized marijuana, removing $546,000 “of illegal narcotics from our streets,” according to the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.
The office said Tuesday it had arrested multiple people allegedly involved in a marijuana distribution organization in White, Habersham and Gwinnett counties.
The drug enforcement agents found 8 pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of THC wax and multiple firearms after searching a Rolling Ridge Drive home in Cleveland.
Agents executed another search warrant at Summer Place in Norcross, leading to 14 pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of THC wax, 104 THC vape cartridges and $42,169 in cash. Evan Johnstone, 25, and William Blake Moore, 27, lived at the Summer Place townhome.
THC is the compound found inside marijuana that gives the high feeling.
Two traffic stops in White County led to more THC wax and more than $14,000.
Johnstone and William Ryan Crispin, 20, were arrested after the traffic stops.
“The investigation indicated that Crispin was coming to White County to purchase marijuana from (Steven Pruitt, 33, of Cleveland) and that Johnstone and Moore supplied Pruitt with marijuana and the THC wax,” according to the drug enforcement office.
THC wax “can be up to four times stronger in THC content than high grade or top shelf marijuana,” according to authorities.
Authorities said they do not know how the drugs were moved to Georgia.
Pruitt, Crispin and Johnstone were charged with the racketeer influenced and corrupt organization statute and taken to the White County Detention Center. A warrant on the same charge has been issued for Moore.
Anyone with information on Moore is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or call 706-348-7410.