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.