Meth bust deemed biggest in a decade
A federal fugitive and his accomplice were nabbed with nearly one pound of methamphetamine by drug agents last week, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The drugs—which have an estimated street value of over $43,600—were confiscated from a residence in the Mountain View Campground Jan. 30.
Lt. Chris Pfrogner said it was the largest stash he has seen in his 11-year career with the county, he told The Nugget last week.
Arrested were Carlos ‘Buck Charles’ Granados, 46, of Lawrenceville and Laurie Morgan, 54, of Rockhill, S.C.
Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) had prior information concerning Granados, Pfrogner said.
“Granados was a person of interest, suspected of trafficking in methamphetamine. They received a tip that he lived at the residence and were able to obtain a search warrant,” he said.
Georgia State Patrol (GSP) provided surveillance on the residence while the search warrant was being obtained and officers reportedly witnessed Granados leave just prior to the arrival of the search team.
When deputies from the LCSO Special Response Team, along with ARDEO personnel executed the search warrant, they reportedly seized the large amount of methamphetamine.
Granados and Morgan, were later arrested by Lumpkin County when GSP made a traffic stop at a White County convenience store.
At that time it was discovered Granados is a federal fugitive being sought by the U.S. Marshals for a probation violation in south Georgia.
“The original charge for his arrest [in south Georgia] was possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and distribution,” said Pfrogner. “Basically the same as here.”
Granados and Morgan were brought to the Lumpkin County Detention Center, where they were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.
Should the two be found guilty they face a maximum sentence of 30 years and a $250,000 fine and a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Confusion stemming from multiple press releases about this incident resulted in the wrong mugshot being published in the print edition of The Dahlonega Nugget. The incorrect mug shot belonged to a Lumpkin County woman who was arrested on an unrelated possession of methamphetamine charge that same day.