Over 380 kilos of cocaine seized in Lumber City

UPDATE: Additional information and video is now available at 13WMAZ.com and at The Macon Telegraph.

About 840 pounds of cocaine were seized in Lumber City this weekend. The cocaine initially found was in a rental truck hidden by crates of tomatoes. Additional quantities were found buried in the woods. The story from The Macon Telegraph continues:

The cocaine — about 840 pounds, with an estimated street value of $38 million — was found after deputies pulled over a produce truck Saturday afternoon that turned out to contain more than tomatoes. Half the drugs were on the truck and the rest was found buried in large, plastic containers in the woods near Lumber City, Smith said.

“We were up all night going through cases and cases of tomatoes,” Smith said. The investigation led deputies to comb the woods around a property where several of the alleged perpetrators were living. There they found eight containers “about knee high and 3 feet across” full of cocaine.

Lumber City is a sleepy town in southern Telfair County at the head of the Altamaha River. The 2010 census shows Lumber City with a total population of 1,328 people and over a quarter of its residences sit empty.

For those who keep score, the estimated value of the cocaine ranged from $11 million to $38 million street value. I wouldn’t know, but perhaps someone with a working knowledge of the street value of cocaine could chime in.

NOTE: A press conference was scheduled for this morning but postponed because US Attorney Michael Moore is out of town and Moore is the only person authorized to speak on the case. No word on this from Andy Warhol.

Additional sources:
13WMAZ News
Cubit Demographic Data

21 comments

  1. Ken says:

    I forgot to mention that this is the most read story on the 13WMAZ website, which is amazing because there is also a story about Honey Boo Boo coming to Macon.

    Bread and Circuses and Road Kill.

    • Rick Day says:

      this is the most read story on the 13WMAZ website

      Dope on the table. It perpetuates the illusion that law enforcement is effective in fighting the war on some drugs.

      Legal like tomatoes or legal like wine. It’s up to us to decide.

  2. Trey A. says:

    Wow… Just, wow. That is a serious operation. What does it say about the DEA, FBI and our other national acronym agencies when the it is the Telfair County sheriffs department that stumbled upon this little stash?

  3. Bulldog1 says:

    The sad thing is that Telfair County Sheriff Johnny O. Smith was voted out of office in the July 2012 Primary. This is the second of two large drug busts in Telfair County this year with the Sheriff’s Office working with DEA. Previously one would have never heard of Telfair Deputies working with the feds. It seems the folks of Telfair just love corruption and vote out folks doing the right thing.

    Several former Telfair Sheriff’s have been to federal prison (2 ot the previous 3 before Smith) including Ronnie Walker and Jum Williamson. There was even a federal drug agent killed in an aircraft crash in the drug operation that got Walker sent to prison.

  4. Rick Day says:

    Ah, but where is the money? There is always money being transported with these loads. You got deputiy sheriffs making $24k a year, handling multi million $ product, while the true owners want to throw cash at someone to get some of that ‘destroyed’ product back.

    Here is the scary thing: that stash has probably been there for months. You hear all the time about houses full of drugs and money and not much else. These are stash houses. It is so easy to move massive quantities of drugs into GA that traffickers have to find a place to hold product until the market churns through what is in the pipeline ahead of them.

    Or even worse, this was a sacrifice of poor grade product, to keep the cops distracted while the real stuff moves through the area unobserved.

    I will finally admit our state has a drug problem. The problem is we are a massive drug warehouse. And illegal gun warehouse. And child sex trade warehouse. Do you know what we need?

    We need the goddam batman.

    • Daddy Got A Gun says:

      Where is the illegal gun warehouse? I’ll volunteer to take a couple of the wayward guns under my wing, and set them on path of rightness.

  5. Rick Day says:

    I guess the question is becoming: “How many citizens deterred from using drugs to damage themselves because of the law (as opposed to personal choice) does it potentially take to compensate for the damage done by the drug corrupted law enforcement member?”

    Don’t try to answer. It’s a trick question.

    • Ken says:

      Actually, it’s a good question – if you leave out the corruption factor because I don’t necessarily buy that.

      It is time we look at what we are actually trying to accomplish and see if our attempts to avoid that end are actually perpetuating it. As a libertarian-leaning conservative my question would be, “Are citizens more endangered by less expensive taxed and regulated drugs or by drugs bought and sold illegally and all of the violence accompanied by that?”

  6. SallyForth says:

    How did I guess what language the names of these four guys would be, before I even clicked the link and read the article? And we can be sure they are living in Georgia legally. Yeah, right.

    Now somebody tell us again how these guys (along with their buds who ran off through the woods) came here for a better life, picking produce Americans won’t pick, yada yada yada. It’s not like we don’t already have plenty of our home-grown crooks dealing drugs and weapons, we now have overflow from the ongoing Mexican drug wars. Give me a break!!

    • Trey A. says:

      SallyForth, come on.

      The Mexican drug wars are being fought with American guns over who can get a bigger slice of the incredibly lucrative American drug market. It’s as much of an American problem as a Mexican one.

      And inferring that Latino immigrants are here to deal drugs is like suggesting that white men are here to molest our children. It seems like most pederasts that show up in the paper are white dudes, so surely, we should ostracize white men and kick them out of our communities.

      • SallyForth says:

        Trey, okay – where you wanna go? 🙂

        Yes, the drug wars going on in Meh-he-co are making use of weapons from anywhere they can get them and plenty probably come from the U.S. of A, but you know the people wielding them are you-know-who. From a strictly personal point of view, my honey and I missed an affordable vacation on the Yucatan this year due to those damn drug wars.

        But I was not inferring that all illegal immigrants are here to deal drugs, and I also referenced our native crooks; please re-read: Now somebody tell us again how these guys (along with their buds who ran off through the woods) came here for a better life, picking produce Americans won’t pick, yada yada yada. It’s not like we don’t already have plenty of our home-grown crooks dealing drugs and weapons, we now have overflow from the ongoing Mexican drug wars. Give me a break!!

        • SallyForth says:

          Just damn! I was trying to do a quote block…

          Now somebody tell us again how these guys (along with their buds who ran off through the woods) came here for a better life, picking produce Americans won’t pick, yada yada yada. It’s not like we don’t already have plenty of our home-grown crooks dealing drugs and weapons, we now have overflow from the ongoing Mexican drug wars. Give me a break!!

    • Trey A. says:

      If you think like a bigot, talk like a bigot and spew bigoted remarks behind the cowardly anonymity of a fake internet name then guess what…? You’re probably a bigot.

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