DEA agents score $5M drug bust in metro Atlanta

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Investigators have taken down a major metro Atlanta drug operation involving a Mexican cartel.

In the investigation, which involved a hidden basement, officials say they found cocaine, meth, and a huge stash of cash.

DEA agents told FOX 5 all of that cash was stuff into walls and suitcases. The drugs were found inside food packages.

"There is some people who maybe a little unhappy today," East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingrahm said.

The combined total of drugs and cash in the raid totaled over $5 million. Agents say it all belonged to a Mexican drug cartel before the raids and series of traffic stops on Friday.

"It's been ongoing since late 2017 targeting a Mexican cartel," DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy said. 

Agents say they seized about $850,000 in cash from a Lawrenceville home.  They also seized more than a million dollars in heroin laced with fentanyl, $1 million-worth of meth, and over $3 million in cocaine.  

They say it was a cooperative effort between multiple law enforcement agencies.

"The only way we're going to be successful is through cooperation, and this is a shining example of what that cooperation leads to," Murphy said.

Agents say in the Lawrenceville house the found a hidden basement room where a fake electrical box served as a doorway. Inside they say they found the cash and guns as some of the drugs.

The drugs were offloaded at a tire shop in the South Fulton area, Murphy said.