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Friday, January 20, 2017

Atlanta's Largest Drug Bust

More than $9 million worth of marijuana was seized Monday; it could be the biggest marijuana bust in Atlanta history, according to narcotics officers with decades of experience fighting drugs on the streets.

It was a tip that led to the nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana. A call came in around 5 p.m. Monday to report a shipment of drugs moving through the city.

“I think we got lucky, to be honest with you, you know? But I'll take luck sometimes any day,” said Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson, Criminal Investigations Division, Atlanta Police Department.

The 208 bales of marijuana were wrapped in plastic and coated with Chlorine to try and evade K-9 detection.

“Of course we know that that helps, they're trying to throw the dogs off should some dogs come around that particular truck. You guys smelled it, it's a pretty intense smell back there,” said Tolleson.

The Georgia State Patrol worked with Atlanta police to pull over Jose Ibarra, 29, of Houston, as he drove the truck. Ibarra has since been charged with trafficking marijuana and held in the Fulton County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at the end of the month.

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