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Police arrest 16 suspects in $35M pot bust in Atlanta

The Atlanta police reportedly arrested 16 people as part of a large-scale marijuana bust that are the result of a five month long operation and netted 22 guns, six cars and $676,000 in cash.

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The police said that they raided five large “grow houses” in Clayton, Gwinnett and Henry counties. Each house had between 340 and 1,500 pot plants that tend to with advanced equipment used for the manufacture of high-grade marijuana, according to the authorities.

(Gwinnett County Police Department)

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In all, 3,147 plants were seized in addition to THC candies, THC oil, cocaine and magic mushrooms, the officials said. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

The 16 suspects arrested in the sting include up to two large drug trafficking organizations that are active in the south-east, the authorities said. The suspects range in age from 26 to 54 and were “embedded” in the community.

“To those past, no one would suspect that these five marijuana grow houses were harboring criminal activity,” Gwinnett County Police said in a statement.

(Gwinnett County Police)

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In the last month, officials in Forsyth County said that they intercepted more than $1 million worth of marijuana and THC oil.

It is against the law in Georgia to grow recreational or medical marijuana. It is also illegal to buy, sell or bring into the state.

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