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July 10, 2014

Registered sex offender charged with numerous drug offenses

$50,000 worth of marijuana, meth seized

A registered sex offender who was living where he was not supposed to was arrested by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and charged with numerous drug offenses as well as a sex offender registration violation.

Trinidad Saenz, 25, is being held in the county jail without bond.

The sheriff’s office received information that Saenz was not living at an address on Hester Circle where he was registered to live as a sex offender, and instead was living at 3234 Maple Grove Drive. According to the Georgia Sex Offender Registry, Saenz was convicted in November 2007 of statutory rape.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood said in a press release that investigators determined that Saenz was selling marijuana from the Maple Grove Drive location. Thursday morning, narcotics officers and state probation officers went there and a search found approximately $50,000 worth of marijuana and methamphetamine. The officers seized 11 pounds of marijuana, almost one pound of meth, a handgun and more than $7,000 in cash.

Two children who were living at the residence also were a violation of Saenz’s status of probation as a sex offender, the sheriff said.

Saenz was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in meth, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and failure to register (correct residence) as a sex offender.

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