Officers reported finding methamphetamine and cocaine with a street value of almost $1 million.
“We’ve had normal things happen in the neighborhood, somebody getting drunk or a loud party, but nothing like this,” said Rob Haddon, who lives on Alberta Drive near Post Oak Tritt Road.
The Marietta/Cobb /Smyrna Narcotics Unit seized about 38 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 3 pounds of cocaine and a duffle bag of cash Tuesday night. They arrested Jose Maria Gama, who is renting the house from a Marietta landlord.
Haddon said it scares him knowing that renters were selling meth and cocaine right next door.
“I’m going to talk to the homeowner and see what he’s going to do here, because I’m not going to put up with him just putting somebody in there to pay his rent and have somebody there that I’m uncomfortable with,” Haddon said. “That’s two times … you’re on your last strike!”
In September, police seized 6,800 pounds of marijuana that cost an estimated $30 million and arrested two men who were charged with drug trafficking — Jesus Alfredo Sarabia and Oswaldo Ojeda Ramos.
Sarabia is in prison and Ramos is still in custody in the Cobb County Jail.
Haddon said he has complained to the homeowner three times since the new renter moved in, but only once did he see anybody show up to check out the house.
“The homeowner’s wife came over, but what happens if she comes over and she finds something?” he asked. “That could end up pretty bad for her.”
According to records on file with the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office, the home is owned by Thomas Mitchell of Marietta.
A scary situation
Haddon said he will also be checking in with police officials and complaining about them not informing him of the situation.
“That’s scary!” he said. “If you get somebody who really wants their meth from their dealer, they’ll do anything, anything.”
Narcotics officers arrived on the scene about 11 p.m. Tuesday and arrested 24-year-old Gama.
He was charged with two counts of drug trafficking and obstruction, and remains in the Cobb County Jail without bond on an immigration hold.
According to the warrant, Gama was in possession of 37.76 pounds of meth, 2.78 pounds of cocaine and a large duffel bag filled with cash when narcotics officers arrived on the scene.
Jason Saliba, deputy chief assistant district attorney, said the estimated value of the drugs seized is about $900,000.
Police said Gama also resisted arrest when two officers attempted to apprehend him.
The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office oversees the narcotics unit, and spokeswoman Kim Isaza said she was not able to release any additional information at this stage of the investigation.
A foot chase and a mysterious fire
Haddon said he saw police chase someone into the woods behind the home and drag him out in handcuffs.
“I asked one of the (officers) what was going on, and they asked me if I had seen the guy that day,” he said.
They had a brief conversation and left the home about three hours later.
That wasn’t the end of the nighttime activity, though.
Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, a fire erupted in the home.
Denell Boyd with Cobb Fire said the fire is still under investigation and they don’t know its source, but firefighters were on the scene for about four hours, and it took almost 30 minutes to get the fire under control.
Haddon said he never heard what caused the fire. He said there is a tarp over the roof and the windows are now boarded up with plywood.