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Drug case against 2 headed to Superior Court; 100K in narcotics, cash seized
One suspect nabbed in Jan. 15 arrest is documented gang member, official says
Cristina-Perez
Christina Perez

A methamphetamine trafficking case involving a Gainesville man whom authorities said is a documented SUR13 gang member and an alleged associate was moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

Christopher Leeown Rodriguez, 27, and Cristina Perez, 20, both of Gainesville, were arrested Jan. 15 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana.

Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad investigator Joe Amerling said at a committal hearing Friday that a search warrant was executed Jan. 15 at a Sherry Drive residence in Hall County.

With a number of officers around the residence, agents noticed a man tossing items onto the porch, Amerling said.

Agents discovered 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, a .45 caliber pistol and 10 pounds of marijuana.

“There was a garbage bag full of it,” Amerling said of the marijuana.

In addition to the methamphetamine and marijuana, officers seized 69 hydrocodone pills, 60 alprazolam pills and 24 oxycodone pills.

Agents estimate the value of the drugs to be $88,958

The pills were in plastic bags and tied off, Amerling said.

Three digital scales, a vacuum sealer and $23,706 in cash were found inside the home.

Amerling said he has known Rodriguez for more than 12 years. He said Rodriguez is a documented SUR13 gang member.

Rodriguez’s public defender, Chris van Rossem, raised in his closing arguments that there was no testimony showing gang activity for a violation of the Street Gang and Terrorism Act charge.

Perez represented herself, asking Amerling for the evidence that she was living at the Sherry Drive residence.

Both face charges of trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana along with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam, according to the MANS news release.

Perez and Rodriguez also are charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Both cases moved on to Superior Court by Magistrate Court Judge Margaret Gregory.

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