Multimillion-Dollar Meth Lab Destroyed

DAHLONEGA, GA. - A Friday afternoon traffic stop led to the dismantling of a multi-million-dollar north Georgia meth lab.

According to police, Angel Luis Rivera-Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte were pulled over for an unspecified traffic stop in Dahlonega.

A subsequent investigation led to a search warrant. While police were searching the residence, another man, Valentine Duarte-Vejar, allegedly fled the scene but was captured and found to be possessing a gun.

Lumpkin County police and FBI agents said they also found a few grams of cocaine and $166,000.

Police said they continued following leads until they found a conversion lab in nearby Suches, which was allegedly being used to convert liquid methamphetamine to crystal meth. 

Police said they found a handgun and 15 kilos of crystal meth at the lab.  Agents processed about 300 pounds of environmental waste largely containing methamphetamine oil. 

PHOTOS: Million-dollar meth lab busted

Police said the lab was capable of producing between 25-50 kilograms of crystal meth, which had a street value of more than $3 million.

All five men are in the Lumpkin County jail facing drug charges. Police said their respective immigration statuses are still pending. 

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