A multi-agency drug sting led to the recent arrest of a Norcross man who local authorities had been investigating for the past year.
Dawson County Sheriff’s investigators say Abraham De Jesus Lemus-Hernadez, 34, is a major methamphetamine supplier for several local dealers.
“It was a significant catch for us to be able to catch him,” said Dawson County Sheriff’s Maj. John Cagle.
Cagle said the ring has distributed about 50 pounds of methamphetamine, with estimated street value of $500,000, in the county over the last few years.
Working with agents from Norcross, Dawson County officials arrested Lemus-Hernadez on Thursday after he reportedly sold a “substantial amount” of the drug to an undercover operative.
Martha Antonia Torres, 35, was also arrested at the couple’s Norcross apartment.
Both suspects, who are charged with trafficking methamphetamine, are being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.
Lemus-Hernadez also has an immigration hold.
The arrests came about a year after authorities learned that a Norcross man was the alleged supplier for several local drug dealers.
“We developed information allowing us to purchase a small amount from him about a month ago in Gwinnett,” Cagle said.
Thursday, investigators arranged to purchase a much larger quantity from Lemus-Hernandez.
“He was arrested after he delivered the meth,” Cagle said.
A search of his apartment recovered an additional amount of the suspected drug.
Cagle said drug dealers do not stop at county lines and neither will his investigators.
“Just because somebody is in another county selling to people in this county doesn’t mean we won’t go outside this county to try to catch them,” he said.