Hall County authorities netted more than $83,000 in seized cash when they, along with the FBI, arrested seven people through an undercover cocaine trafficking investigation.
Agents with the FBI, Multi Agency Narcotics Squad, Gang Task Force, as well as Uniformed Patrol Divisions with the Hall County Sheriff's Office and Gainesville Police Department, arrested the suspects after they allegedly attempted to purchase the cocaine at a pre-determined location, said Lt. Scott Ware with the sheriff's office.
Those arrested include Robert Gutierrez, 32, of Gainesville; Rafael Castillo Morillon, 30, of Roswell; Stephen McCoy, 36, of Stone Mountain; Nathaniel Furlow, 30, of Savannah; Bakeyba Stives Simmons, 35, of Garden City; Keaunae Janise Williams, 21, of Savannah; and Maria Luisa Holtzclaw, 36, of Cartersville.
Each was charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and criminal attempt to traffic cocaine. Gutierrez was also charged with use of a communications device to facilitate a drug transaction.
After a weeklong investigation, the suspects were arrested without incident when all seven attempted to purchase 3 kilograms of cocaine in a parking lot at 897 West Ridge Road in Gainesville, Ware said.
"It's a substantial bust," he said. "They brought the money to purchase 3 kilograms of cocaine, so I would say it's a rather substantial case."
Ware could not give many specifics other than authorities had information on the suspects' intentions.
"We had information through using undercover operatives that these individuals were looking to purchase cocaine," he said.
All seven suspects were arrested without incident and booked into the Hall County Jail.