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May 23, 2014

Sheriff’s department busts meth ‘business’

— A Whitfield County man with ties to a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in a drug bust that netted about four pounds of methamphetamine and more than $34,000 in cash, officials said.

Eduardo Zubia Martinez Jr., also know as “Klown,” 34, of 4349 Bass McHan Drive, was taken into custody by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. He faces federal charges for his part in a methamphetamine operation.

“The investigation revealed Martinez was a party to a network of Mexican drug cartels in the Atlanta area,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. “During the investigation officers were able to make a covert purchase of meth from the suspect. On May 22, 2014, narcotic investigators from the sheriff’s office searched the residence of Martinez, located at  in Whitfield County.”

During the investigation at Martinez’s residence, two men drove up  in a Land Rover “for the purpose of purchasing a large quantity of methamphetamine,” officials said. The suspects are Matthew G. York, 39, of Blue Ridge, and, Leslie S. Webb, 59, of Jefferson, Colo. Both were arrested and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act. Investigators seized from them more than $12,000 in cash and their vehicle.

In addition to the drugs and money, authorities seized from Martinez 11 cars and three four-wheelers that they believe the suspect bought with money from his methamphetamine business.


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