Oct 5, 2011 5:57 AM
Police in Georgetown arrested five men in a major drug bust netting hundreds of pounds drugs and hundreds of thousands in cash Tuesday night.
Police say three vehicles left a home that investigators had under surveillance in a drug investigation around 8:30 p.m. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicles for traffic violations. One car sped off and led police on a short, high-speed chase along southbound I-75. After the vehicle stopped, a K-9 detected drugs in the car, and when officers searched, they found hundreds of pounds of marijuana inside. Another car had several hundred thousand dollars in cash in it. Police say they also found a gun in one of the vehicles.
Officers arrested Joaquin Diaz-Verdin, 19, Julio Cesar Robles, 33, Raul Rojos Rodriguez, 30, Gilberto Rodriguez, 31, and Luis Osvaldo Rodriguez, 37, and charged them with drug trafficking. Diaz-Verdin also faces a fleeing charge.
Early Wednesday morning, police searched a Georgetown home off Pavillion Drive in connection with the case. They found packaging and a small amount of marijuana there.
"The investigation will probably give us a little more information on where it was coming from, you know, were they bringing it here and then distributing it out from here to other places, which that's what it seems at this point, but again it's still very early. We're pretty much day one into the actual working of the case, so it's kind of tough to say what really was going on," Georgetown Police Lt. Robert Swanigan said.