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Thursday July 28th, 2016 12:25PM

Gilmer Co. bust nets 200 pot plants, may have cartel ties

By Katie Crumley
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ELLIJAY - Gilmer County authorities are investigating to find out if a marijuana grow operation they discovered Monday has ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

Officials with the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office said they discovered 200 pot plants in the basement of a home on Talona Lake Terrace while executing a search warrant that was not drug related.

They said the resident of the home, 37-year-old Ernesto Segui, is being held in the Gilmer County Detention Center and is believed to be a Cuban national.

Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson said he does believe the grow operation was affiliated with a Mexican cartel, which he said is infiltrating rural North Georgia communities.

Authorities said the street value of the drugs is approximately $500,000.


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