A total of thirty-five people, most of them Hispanic, were arrested in an operation that dismantled a gang that smuggled drugs from Mexico, Peru and Ecuador, reported the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) .
In this operation, authorities seized 145 pounds of cocaine and more than three million dollars in cash.
The operation, which also involved Cobb and Douglas counties, culminated in the arrest of several dealers and members of Mexican drug cartels, including Macedo Adan Rios, one of the ringleaders of the gang, which operated in the metropolitan area Atlanta.
Macedo, of Mexican origin and who was arrested on 1 August with 14 other members of the band, had a legal business in Atlanta that used to conceal drug trafficking activities to Atlanta, Florida, New York and Texas.
Authorities also seized seven pounds of amphetamines, a pound of hashish and three weapons as part of the operation, whose investigations began last year.
According to authorities, Atlanta has become in recent years in a major drug distribution center on the east coast of the United States to Mexican cartels.