$705,000 worth of drugs seized in major drug trafficking bust in North Georgia

July 10, 2020
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$705,000 worth of drugs seized in major drug trafficking bust in North Georgia

An 11-month investigation involving local, state and federal authorities seized $705,000 worth of illegal drugs and landed 48 people in jail.

From August 2019 to the present, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Major Offender’s Task Force in conjunction with the Hall County District Attorney’s Office Force has been conducting an investigation into the alleged drug trafficking organization of 43-year-old Luther Troy Summerfield, 40-year-old Alejandro Ceja-Solano, and others.

According to the GBI, during the course of the investigation, agents learned that Summerfield purchased and distributed methamphetamine from Ceja-Solano. Information obtained from numerous hours of investigation also revealed that Summerfield traveled to Ceja-Solano’s residence to obtain drugs and traveled to the metro Atlanta area to obtain heroin and methamphetamine, either facilitated by Ceja-Solano, or another source of supply. 

Throughout the investigation, police executed approximately 12 search warrants yielding the following:

  • Approximately 50 kilograms of methamphetamine
  • Approximately ½ kilogram of heroin
  • Approximately 20 firearms
  • Approximately $70,000 in cash
  • Approximately 6 vehicles

Although numerous arrests have been made and evidence seized, the investigation continues, and additional arrests are expected. 

Agencies involved in the investigation: The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following agencies: White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Towns County Sheriff’s Office, Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, Toccoa Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI’S Major Offender’s Task Force consists of the Gainseville Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office the Georgia Department of Corrections, the GBI, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Winder Police Department, and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

The Alto Police Department assisted with this investigation as well.

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