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5 lbs. of meth discovered in Dalton drug bust

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - After a four month long investigation, more than five pounds of meth will now never hit the streets of Dalton.

“That's a lot of money and a lot of dope. Certainly not an everyday bust,” Bruce Frazier with the Dalton Police Department said.

Police are calling it one of the biggest drug busts in the department's history with an estimated street value of over $240,000.

“It was going to be broken up into smaller parcels and then sold,” Frazier added.

Police arrested Manuel Martinez-Velasquez, 46, after serving a search warrant at the auto shop where he worked Tuesday night. That's where they discovered the meth and a rifle.

Police say the bust all started with a tip.

“Citizens that are involved with law enforcement, they are our eyes and ears in the community and we need their help to make Dalton a safer place,” Frazier said.

Police do not believe the five pounds of meth found in the auto shop wasn't manufactured in Dalton because most of the meth that's found in the area is brought in from other communities and in some cases, other countries.

“It's not as easy to make as it used to be. So a lot of what we see now is meth coming in from other places and certainly out of the country.  A lot of the meth that comes into northwest Georgia and this area comes in from Mexico,” he added.

Federal law banned the sale of over the counter cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine in 2006, requiring stores to limit the products behind the counter.  The law also requires purchasers to show a photo ID and limits the amount someone can buy each month.

“It's a good day for Dalton police,” Frazier said.

As for Martinez-Velasquez, he sits behind bars facing a number of drug related charges including trafficking methamphetamine.

Dalton police have two different ways you can report a tip.

You can do so by filling out a form online by clicking HERE or call 706-278-9085 Ex. 221. Keep in mind, you do not have to leave your name.

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