Gerardo Milian Nagera, 47, of Erwin Street in Cartersville, was arrested by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Saturday night in Mableton, according to a Cobb County Sheriff’s Office book-in report.
Reports state Nagera, along with Jose Juan Perez-Diaz, 39, and Alier Pineda-Sanchez, 34, both of Mableton, and Jose Edgardo Melendez, 27, of Sandy Springs, were arrested after selling, manufacturing and delivering 52.9 pounds of meth.
All four men are charged with felony trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold also was placed on all four.
Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Amy Herd said, “They were arrested by a joint operation with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office MCS Narcotics Unit and the DEA.”
The arresting officer for each man, however, was listed as a DEA officer.
DEA Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell, public information officer for the Atlanta Field Division, declined to comment as the investigation is ongoing.
Calls to MCS and Cobb County Police Department were not returned at press time.
Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said the street value on a quantity of meth that large may vary.
A street-level purchase of meth runs about $100 a gram, Mayton said, with purchases in a supply situation typically costing between $18,000 and $21,000 per pound.
“Every time it’s passed on to someone else the price goes up,” he said.
For 52.9 pounds of meth, the supply cost would range from $952,200 to $1,110,900.