A shipping container filled with hundreds of pounds of marijuana and thousands of THC oil cartridges was seized by law enforcement Tuesday after being shipped to Forsyth County from outside the state, according to authorities.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4 p.m. on Jan. 22, a suspect identified as Kevin Joseph Marrero, 35, of Buckhead, signed for delivery of the shipping container at an address off Trotters Way in south Forsyth.
Rainwater said Marrero had been under investigation locally and by out-of-state law enforcement agencies. Because of this, investigators with the Johns Creek Alpharetta Forsyth County Drug Task Force were at the scene at the time of the delivery.
“He was expecting it at a certain time and we were there waiting,” Rainwater said.
A K9 unit quickly verified the presence of narcotics in the shipping container.
Inside the container, Rainwater said that investigators discovered 170 pounds of what they believe is high-grade marijuana, along with 1,200 packages of THC oil vaporizer cartridges.
Rainwater said the marijuana was bagged for sale in pound-sized bags and each THC oil cartridge was between 70 and 90 percent pure.
“Between the pounds of marijuana and the cartridges, close to $1 million in narcotics were seized, if they were sold on the street,” he said.
Marrero allegedly left the container at the delivery location, a heavily trafficked industrial area where a shipping container would not look out of place, Rainwater said, and was followed by task force agents, who arrested Marrero during a traffic stop.
Rainwater said authorities are still trying to determine whether Marrero acted alone, but they are sure that the company that delivered the container was not complicit.
Marrero has been charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of a schedule 1 narcotic. He is being held in the Forsyth County Jail and is currently under no bond.