Police seize $8 million in marijuana during busts

A pair of traffic stops and a raid on a Forest Park home netted police more than $8 million in marijuana.

The drug seizures began Thursday around 8:52 p.m. with a pair of traffic stops, according to Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner.

In the first stop Clayton and Forest Park police arrested Andres Cardenas, 22, of Forest Park who was driving a van on Lake Drive at Main Street. The officers found about 50 pounds of marijuana in two bundles behind the driver's side seat.

After that stop the officers gained information that led them to pull over Jaime Ramirez, 29, of Forest Park as he was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu on Hendrix Drive. No marijuana was found in Ramirez's car but both men have been charged with trafficking in marijuana.

Information from those traffic stops led police to a house at 886 Linda Way in Forest Park where they found 3,621.17 pounds of marijuana, wrapped in 197 bundles, in a small building located in the back yard.

Police also found a money counter, packaging materials and a set of industrial scales at the Linda Way house.

In an unrelated investigation at a different location on the same day the officers seized $27,000 in methamphetamine.

- From staff reports.