Close to $2 million worth of cocain found at Savannah port, 3 men charged

Three men from Florida have been charged for allegedly smuggling $2 million worth of cocaine through the Port of Savannah from the Dominican Republic.

Savannah officials report that on May 26th, 50 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside boxes of oranges was discovered by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigators, and local law enforcement. The street value of the seized drugs is estimated to be $1.75 million.

The drugs were removed by the investigators, but surveillance of the delivery was kept to catch the suspects. The shipment was delivered to a warehouse on May 29th. Jonathan Mejia, 41, Juan De Jesus Gutierrez, 45, and Ricardo Sanchez Ortiz, 46, were taken into custody after opening and unloading the boxes and charged with attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import cocaine, and conspiracy to import cocaine. All three suspects were from Kissimmee, Florida.

The case is still under investigation by the Southern District of Georgia.

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Source: Fox 28

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