Narcotics agents bust 'cocaine distribution center' in Rex

Clayton County Police, in concert with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, seized 9.7 pounds of cocaine and almost $200,000, Tuesday night.

Undercover narcotics agents, from the county and state agencies, were investigating a 30-year-old man, and stopped him outside a Rex home at about 7 p.m., Clayton Police reported. Ricardo Correa, Jr., of Durham North Carolina, was leaving 6485 Bobolink Court, carrying four packages of suspected, powdered cocaine, wrapped in green plastic.

Correa was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine.

Watching the house, agents then saw two more men leave. The men, 24-year-old Miquel Martinez and 45-year-old Javier Zuniga, identified themselves as residents of the Rex house, and allowed the officers to search the residence, police said.

The agents found new and used cocaine-packaging material, a money counter, and approximately $200,000.

The residence, county narcotics officers said, was a cocaine distribution center.

Zuniga and Martinez were arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

The three men are being charged under state law. Their court dates have not yet been set.

- Daniel Silliman