Two sentenced in meth trafficking
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A Cobb jury found Jamie Lopez-Vasquez guilty of two drug charges resulting from an investigation by federal drug agents with the DEA Strike Force and the Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Narcotics Unit.

Lopez-Vasquez’s trial, before Cobb Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs, began Tuesday along with that of a co-defendant, Martin Munoz-Olveda.

Partway through the trial, Munoz-Olveda, 49, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamines and was sentenced to 30 years, with 15 years to serve in prison, followed by 15 years on probation. Through an interpreter, Munoz-Olveda then testified against Lopez-Vasquez.

Late Thursday, the jury found Lopez-Vasquez, 33, guilty of trafficking in methamphetamines, as well as possessing the drug. He was acquitted of manufacturing methamphetamines.

On Friday morning, Grubbs sentenced Lopez-Vasquez to 30 years to serve and fined him $1 million. Lopez-Vasquez, a native of Mexico, is subject to deportation.

At trial, Assistant District Attorney Shepard Orlow presented evidence that Lopez-Vasquez and Munoz were among those living at a “stash” house on Glendale Circle in Smyrna last Sept. 26 when agents searched the property and found 17 pounds of methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $750,000.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Marbutt noted that the home was set up as a conversion lab and that large quantities of unfinished meth were found in the garage near implements used for conversion.

Lopez-Vasquez was represented by Atlanta attorney James Gibert. Marietta attorney Jason Treadaway represented Munoz-Olveda.

Charges are still pending against a third codefendant, Jorge Alcantar-Alvarado.

— From staff reports

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