published Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Whitfield authorities seize over 500 pounds of marijuana and a BMW in raid

Authorities seized over 500 pounds of marijuana, guns, a BMW and more than $14,000 in cash after raiding a Whitfield County home on Monday.
Authorities seized over 500 pounds of marijuana, guns, a BMW and more than $14,000 in cash after raiding a Whitfield County home on Monday.
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Authorities seized over 500 pounds of marijuana, guns, a BMW and more than $14,000 in cash after raiding a Whitfield County home on Monday, according to a news release from the Whitfield County sheriff's department.

Florentino Hernandez-Padron and Benjamin Lopez-Zapata have been charged with trafficking in marijuana and are being held without bond since their arrest.

The investigation that led to the bust began in Brownsville, Texas last week when narcotics detection dogs indicated a large package at a UPS center might contain drugs. The package was addressed to a Whitfield County resident.

Officials opened the package and found 270 pounds of marijuana. U.S. Customs agents then contacted Whitfield authorities.

The package was shipped to Ringgold, where two men picked up the package and took it to a house on Dawnville Road. Authorities then arrested the two men.

The other items were found when authorities searched the home.

Read more about the investigation in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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Wilder said...

The Mexican Drug Cartels owe a big muchas gracias to the Carpet Cartel for creating a perfect operational base, that provides them with cover in a part of the country where they would normally stand out like a sore thumb.

I don't understand why Perla hasn't written us a heart warming story on these poor, misunderstood drug traffickers, who are just here trying to make a better life for themselves.

September 13, 2011 at 4:51 p.m.
sarejenwa said...

They sent 270 pounds of marijuana in one huge package. That is so conspicuous it's silly.

September 13, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
Wilder said...

Ringgold is where the UPS freight terminal is located, and the package was probably palletized. They are apparently screening freight originating on the border now. Employing drug-sniffing dogs on inbound freight in Dalton would probably pay big dividends in confiscated vehicles, cash and firearms...

September 13, 2011 at 6:27 p.m.

Shame on these Drug Dealers for not allowing Dalton to make some kind of profit off of there endeavor. I mean thats what this is all about right. The profit from drug dealing that the government doesn't get any of. Of course the government is the main drug dealer but thats ok. Enjoy the BMW the portion of drugs dalton kept for themselves and another blow to those pesky Immigrants.

Pathetic!

September 14, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
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