Sgt. Kenny Neece said officers with the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad set up a buy-bust for the cocaine, which weighed about 2.2 pounds and had a street value of $98,5000.
Gainesville police assisted in the take down, which occurred about 7:15 a.m. outside the QuikTrip convenience store in the 800 block of West Ridge Road.
Two loaded guns, a 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol and a .25-caliber Phoenix Arms pistol, were seized from the suspects.
The suspects were identified as Pascual Alberar Gomez, 32, Juan George Hernandez-Barrios, 28, and Miguel Angel Torres-Barrera, 26, all of Athens. Each is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
It was the biggest cocaine bust in Hall County this year after a relative lull in large-scale seizures. Last year, more than 100 pounds of cocaine was seized by Hall County and Gainesville authorities in several major cases, including 88 pounds in one instance.