published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Whitfield man, two others arrested on meth charges

A Whitfield County, Ga., man was arrested Thursday with about four pounds of methamphetamine after a lengthy investigation of drug trafficking in the area, according to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office.

Eduardo Zubio Martinez Jr., known as "Klown Martinez," 34, was taken into custody at his home on Bass McHan Drive and turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration to be charged federally, a news release states.

The narcotics unit of the sheriff's office had received information that Martinez was responsible for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in the area. An investigation revealed Martinez was a party to a network of Mexican drug cartels in the Atlanta area, authorities said.

During the investigation officers made a covert meth purchase from the suspect.

On Thursday sheriff’s office investigators searched Martinez's home and seized about four pounds of methamphetamine, digital scales and more than $34,000 in cash. Also seized were 11 cars and 3 four-wheelers investigators believe the suspect bought with proceeds from his methamphetamine sales.

During the investigation, two people showed up at the residence to buy a large quantity of meth, authorities said. More than $12,000 in cash was found in their possession, and that cash and their Land Rover also were seized by investigators.

Matthew G. York, 39, of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Leslie S. Webb, 59, of Jefferson, Colo., were arrested and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.

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