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200 kilos of meth seized in Hall, Gwinnett drug trafficking investigation
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Roughly 200 kilograms of methamphetamine were seized during a recent drug investigation. Provided by Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Roughly 200 kilograms of methamphetamine and $45,000 in cash were seized during an Aug. 12 drug investigation across Hall and Gwinnett counties, according to authorities.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has not released additional information on the case beyond the seizure and the arrests of three people: Almarud Duarte, 25, Kevin Tello, 26, and Eduardo Penaloza-Pacheco, 36.

All three were booked into the Hall County Jail “in connection with the sale and trafficking of methamphetamine,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Homeland Security, the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Georgia State Patrol and the police departments in Snellville and Gwinnett County assisted in the case.

The Sheriff’s Office did not provide an estimated street value for the drugs, though cases of this magnitude are typically in the millions of dollars.

“When investigations like these have such extraordinary outcomes, they make headlines, and rightly so,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement. “Drugs taken off the streets and criminals in jail can only make our communities safer. I do, however, want to commend our (Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad) unit agents and assisting agencies for the extremely hard work they put into the case. Without these men and women, the headlines wouldn’t be possible.”

The warrants alleged Duarte sold 12 grams of meth May 11 at a restaurant and a kilogram of the drug May 20 at a business.

The warrants for Penaloza-Pacheco and Tello have the same details regarding a sale June 28 of one kilogram of meth at a residential address.

KEVIN TELLO
KEVIN TELLO
EDUARDO PENALOZA-PACHECO
EDUARDO PENALOZA-PACHECO
ALMARUD DUARTE
ALMARUD DUARTE
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