Massive meth bust takes 4,500 hits off the street

- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office netted a big drug bust, stopping 4,500 street-level doses of meth from getting into the community.

In all, they seized more than two pounds’ worth or up to a $100,000 during a traffic stop.

Deputies laid out all the drugs they found Wednesday morning from a large one-pound bag of meth found inside a car, to another pound already being broken down to sell inside the home.

"Once it's broken down and gone through the chain of wholesale dealers, middle-level dealers to street dealers to users," Sgt. Jesse Hambrick said.

Hambrick said the two pounds would have been broken down into 4,500 doses of meth.

"It's easy to say two pounds and get an idea, but when you say 4,500 dosage units. That's 4,500 times that members of this sheriff's office are hopefully preventing someone from using what we consider to be a dangerous drug," said Hambrick.

And the bust not only impacted Douglas County.

"There were portions of these narcotics that weren't just going to stay in Douglas County. 2.6 pound of meth is a sizable seizure and portions of that could have been going to Cobb, Paulding… That's just how the business works. They don't respect county lines," said Hambrick.

Deputies arrested Clint Ayers for having the pound marijuana under his seat during the traffic stop. He's charged with trafficking.

They arrested Michael Rochester at his home for having the other pound, as well as marijuana, Xanax, scales, and two firearms.

"This is a drug that ruins lives. Not just the user but everyone around them. Mamas, daddies, grandmas, devastating drug we're glad to get it off the street," said Hambrick.

Deputies also arrested Valerie Bennett who they said was at the home when deputies served the warrant. Investigators said she was in possession of a small amount of Fentanyl which is a very deadly drug.

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