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Police nab four, find $350,000 in drugs

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A traffic stop by Clayton County police, has led to the discovery of approximately $350,000 in suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana, and the arrests of four suspects, the Clayton County Police Department said.

A Clayton officer stopped Garcia Ramiro Ramirez, 26, in Forest Park Saturday for an alleged improper lane change, according to Officer India Smith, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department. Ramirez was found driving without a license and was arrested, according to a statement released by the department.

Police searched the vehicle, a Ford truck, and discovered a kilo of suspected cocaine. The suspected cocaine, and the truck were seized. A search warrant was obtained for a residence at 498 Sirocco Court in Forest Park, according to police.

The Clayton County SWAT Team made entry into the residence, and the police department's Narcotics Unit located "10 1/2 kilos of suspected cocaine, five pounds of methamphetamines, and less than an ounce of suspected marijuana," the police statement said.

A small amount of U.S. currency and two additional cars were also seized. Ramirez was arrested and charged with improper lane change, driving while unlicensed, and trafficking cocaine.

Also arrested as a result of the investigation were:

· Jose Calderon, 40, charged with trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine, and possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

· Gonzalo Zambrano, 38, charged with driving without a license

· Jorge Arriola-Camareno, 20, charged with burglary.

Smith said police observed Arriola-Camareno trying to break into the home on Sirocco Court, as they were staking out the house.

The Clayton County Police Special Operations Unit and the Forest Park Police Department also assisted with the operation, according to the statement by Clayton County Police.