Authorities said they recently made the largest heroin bust in Georgia history, preventing 374 pounds of the illegal substance from making it to Atlanta’s streets, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration told Channel 2 that agents seized about $8 million worth of drugs, which includes the massive amount of heroin, 22 pounds of cocaine and 20 pounds of marijuana. The DEA said agents believe the drugs were headed for “The Bluff,” a section of northwest Atlanta notorious for heroin availability.
“There’s a staggering amount of people that are using heroin still in this area, especially in light of COVID-19 and everything else,” DEA Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy told the news station.
Murphy also said the lead suspect arrested in the operation is likely the primary supplier of heroin to “The Bluff.”
“Some of it (was) black tar. Some of it regular brown heroin,” Murphy said, adding that agents were able to track the large amount of drugs to a Mexican cartel.