The drugs have an estimated street value of $1.9 million, Cobb Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Nancy Bodiford said.
Pedro Ramirez, 47, of San Fernando, Calif., and Alejandro Lopez, 32, of Marietta, are charged with felony drug trafficking.
A probe by special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta led to the discovery of two houses in Cobb and Douglas County that investigators believe were used for trafficking the drugs.
On Nov. 9, HSI, assisted by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Narcotics Unit, the DEA and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, conducted surveillance of both residences.
During a traffic stop of a car driven by Ramirez, agents found more than 26 pounds of marijuana.
Agents then obtained a search warrant for 3539 Lookout Point Drive, in Marietta, where more than 440 pounds of marijuana and two firearms were seized. Officials say Lopez, also identified as Alejandro Lopez-Alvarado, lived at the residence, which is off Canton Road below Hawkins Store Road.
The investigation also led agents to a home at 1740 Nutmeg St., in Douglasville, where they found $106,210 in cash, drug ledgers and wrapping material for marijuana bundles, officials said.
In a news release announcing the arrests, Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said his agency has deputies assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and ICE.
“Partnering with other agencies is a critical component of our mission to keep the citizens of Cobb County safe,” Warren said.
A task force officer from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is assigned to the HSI Strike Force group in Atlanta and acts as a liaison with the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit.
Brock D. Nicholson is special agent in charge of HSI Atlanta.
“Drug-smuggling organizations seek to exploit any weakness they can find in law enforcement’s efforts to shield our communities from dangerous and addictive substances,” Nicholson is quoted in the news release. “By strengthening our relationships with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and other local enforcement agencies, we are denying these criminal organizations the terrain they need to successfully avoid identification. By standing shoulder to shoulder together against these often violent criminals, we are making communities safer.”