Forty-five people connected to a Mexican drug cartel were arrested and its Clayton county based cell shut down thanks to federal and local law enforcement which included our District Attorney, Tracy Graham Lawson.
Operation Choke Hold originated in Gwinnett county back in May 2009 and as the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana spread they began operating out of Spalding, Henry, Cobb, and Clayton counties, along with several other states.
According to the AJC, Operation Choke Hold involved the Clayton and Griffin district attorney’s offices, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. More than $2.3 million in cash and 20 firearms were seized, along with drugs that had a street value of more than $10 million which included 46 pounds of methamphetamine, 43 kilos of cocaine, and 4,120 pounds of marijuana.
Obviously this one bust will not completely eliminate drug rings in the Metro Atlanta area, and all of the crime connected to them. But this was a major bust not only for Clayton, but also for all of the other metro Atlanta counties where this particular cartel operated. So, congratulations to our District Attorney and to all of the law enforcement officials involved, and thank you for making us a bit safer.