Additional media release from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office:
On June 25, 2019 Agents with the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force (HPDTF), which is overseen by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), got a credible tip of drug activity occuring at 809 Williams Road Dallas, Georgia 30132 which is in unincorporated Paulding County. Agents immediately launched an investigation into the incident. Paulding Deputies and HPDTF Agents conducted surveillence on the residence in order to gain a better idea of what was occuring.
At approximately 9:15 AM on June 26, 2019 the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team along with HPDTF Agents executed a search warrant at 809 Williams Road. Just prior to that, Deputies with our Uniform Patrol Division and K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had just left the residence which resulted in a brief foot pursuit and the subsequent arrest of a suspect. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 40 kilograms of methamphetine. A short time after the traffic stop and just before the search warrant was executed, two males left the residence on foot and were shortly thereafter taken into custody by Paulding Deputies.
Once the S.W.A.T. Team executed the search warrant, they did not locate anyone inside the residence or the barn. They did locate what appeared to be an active clandestine methamphetamine conversion lab inside the residence. The operation had methamphetimine in all stages of production. Due to this fact Paulding County Fire/Rescue HAZMAT units responded to the scene.
The HPDTF contacted the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for assistance due to the magnitude of this operation. As a result of their joint investigation, it was discovered that more than 56 kilograms of methamphetamine and 140 kilograms of unfinished methamphetamine was located inside the residence.
Jorge Menera, Daniel Duarte Landa, and Dominquez Marcio Vazquez were arrested and charged federally by the DEA. The aforementioned individiuals have been initially charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. More charges are likely as the investigation continues.
Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “This is an excellent example of what happens when state, local, and federal agencies work together. I want to make sure everyone knows that if you see suspicious activity around your neighborhood to give us a call so we can investigate.” Sheriff Gulledge went on to note, “This is the largest amount of methamphetamine that I have ever seen in my career and likely the most that has ever been seized in Paulding County.”
Menera, Landa, and Vazquez have all been charged federally by the DEA and were not booked into the Paulding County Jail. Any inquiries regarding their personal information or their booking photograph will need to be made through the United States Attorney’s Office.
The Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force consists of Officers/ Deputies from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office, the Dallas Police Department, and the Tallapoosa Police Department and is overseen by a GBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge.
GBI media release: On June 26, 2019, the GBI arrested Jorge Menera, Daniel Duarte Landa, and Dominguez Marcio Vazquez on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Additional charges are pending.
On June 26, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m., the GBI Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 809 Williams Road, Dallas, Ga. The investigation involved a vehicle being stopped as it was leaving the property, resulting in a foot pursuit and arrest. Approximately 40 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized inside the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the residence resulted in the discovery of an active clandestine methamphetamine lab and more than 56 kilograms of methamphetamine inside the residence. An additional 140 kilograms of unfinished methamphetamine was also located.
Menera, Landa, and Vazquez were arrested at the scene and are being held with multiple charges pending. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is also investigating.
The Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force consists of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Haralson County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas Police Department, and DEA.
This joint investigation remains active and ongoing.