published Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Dalton restaurant was hub for cocaine distribution, officials say

A Mexican restaurant in Dalton, Ga., has been operating as the hub of a cocaine distribution operation, Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office officials said today.

Four people — including the owner of Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant at 601 Fleming St. — were arrested after a series of search warrants were executed simultaneously Monday morning, Sheriff Scott Chitwood said in a news release.

Restaurant owner Ruben Ramos-Mendez, 37; Luis Sierra, 22; Esmerelda Sierra, 21; and Lorenzo Terrazas-Garcia, 39, all have been arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

All four are being held in the Whitfield County Jail, authorities said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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