A three-month investigation netted one of Jones County’s largest methamphetamine busts.
Marcos David Palacios, 27, of Lilburn, was arrested June 9 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to a release from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.
Palacios’ arrest was formally announced Thursday after his first court appearance.
Judge Hugh Wingfield denied bond for Palacios, Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece said.
“It was our drug unit that had been interviewing some individuals and this name came up,” the sheriff said. “The organization he was involved in is a pretty intense, well-organized bunch.”
Deputies confiscated about 1 kilogram of meth, valued at about $36,000 on the street, but they were expecting an even larger amount, Reece said.
Investigators concluded that Palacios made numerous trips to Middle Georgia to deliver the drug, the release said.
“We expect a few more arrests in the future from this case,” Reece said.
Investigators turned over leads to agencies in the Atlanta area.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections Probation Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the investigation.
ICE officers were called to help with interpreting for those involved in the investigation who do not speak English.