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3 jailed on drug-related charges in Henry

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Bonds totaling $150,000 were set Friday for three Stockbridge men, after Henry County Police reportedly found $1.4 million worth of illicit drugs during a recent raid.

Manuel Zuniga, 19, Geovany Martinez-Vargas, 22, and Jose Alfredo Sanchez-Valencia, 31, are all charged with trafficking marijuana, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Martinez-Vargas is also charged with misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

The men were arrested Thursday at 173 Willow Springs Lane in Stockbridge, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. He said agents with Henry County Police Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the location.

"During the search warrant, agents located approximately 875 pounds of marijuana and $29,728.00 in U.S. currency inside the home," Bolton said. "Two semi-automatic handguns were found during the search as well."

Bolton added that Martinez-Vargas' obstruction charge stems from his alleged behavior when agents executed the warrant. "He was hiding in the attic, and did not comply with orders," the captain said.

The suspects appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, represented by Public Defender's Office.

Judge Robert Godwin set a $50,000 bond for each man charged in the drug case, and reset their preliminary hearings for June 24. The suspects were being held Friday in the Henry County Jail.

Authorities did not release details regarding how long they have been investigating the suspects. Police said no additional arrests are expected, and did not release further information on the case Friday.