In total, the authorities seized 170 kilograms of heroin, 10 kilograms of cocaine, eight kilograms of marijuana, more than $ 1 million in cash and 41 firearms.
“That’s a ridiculous amount of heroin. I was stunned,” said Robert J. Murphy, special agent for the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, at a news conference Wednesday.
“Several pounds would have been a major seizure in the past,”
The cartel connection
On Wednesday, the US Attorney’s Office in the North District of Georgia announced that 46-year-old Daniels had been charged with federal charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, and possession of a firearm to promote the Drug trafficking.
“The amount of drugs, money and firearms allegedly controlled by Daniels underscores the extent of the heroin and cocaine trafficking that local drug dealers with high-level ties to international drug trafficking organizations are bringing to this community,” said US attorney Byung J. Pak in a press release.
CNN asked Daniels’ attorney to comment but received no response.
The case comes from a long-term investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with support from state and local authorities. During the press conference, agents said Daniels was linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Mexico.
“What’s also unusual about that is how we got this case,” Murphy said. “We actually worked this backwards and had several seizures in Mexico.”
Agents said they were briefed on Daniels after confiscating $ 7 million in Mexico last year. During this bust, they found financial books claiming the Atlanta man received over 1,000 kilograms of cocaine between August 2018 and October 2019.
“The ledgers reflected that Daniels returned more than $ 31 million in drug proceeds to the organization that was eventually transported to Mexico,” the press release said.
Agents said the charges were only the beginning and that more arrests were expected.
“Because of COVID, criminals believe the police are not out there,” Pak said at the press conference. “This is a perfect example of how we are out there to keep poison and hazardous materials off the streets.”
CNN’s Laura James and Harmeet Kaur contributed to this report.