Five people were arrested following a drug raid in Stockbridge by the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force.
All of the suspects appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday, before Judge Wesley Shannon. Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez, Maria Magdalena Corral, Jose Juan Guerrero-Estrada, Jesus Bernal Peinado, and Victor Hugo Corchado Gonzalez are charged with trafficking marijuana.
Judge Shannon bound their cases over to Henry County Superior Court.
According to Maj. Chad Rosborough, the drug raid was the result of an investigation conducted by task force agents.
“Approximately three months ago, we received information to a possible drug-trafficking organization,” said Maj. Rosborough. He said the information his agency received led to a residence, at 589 McCullough Road, in Stockbridge.
Tuesday, they got enough substantial information to obtain a search warrant for the house. Agents executed the search warrant around 3:30 p.m. “They found about 550 pounds of marijuana and $3,000 in cash,” said Rosborough. “The estimated street value is $300,000.”
The four men and one woman were arrested without incident, or injuries.
“This is the largest marijuana bust we have made since the task force was combined in May,” Rosborough said.
The suspects transported the marijuana, which was welded inside large equipment, such as automotive parts, said Rosborough. He added that the drugs have not been linked to any auto repair shop.
“During our investigation, it appeared the marijuana was coming from the Mexico and Texas areas, and was being transported here, to Henry County,” he said.
None of the suspects lived at the Stockbridge home where they were apprehended, he added. “They were using it strictly as a stash house.”
Task force agents never went to the home to purchase drugs. Rosborough explained that the trafficking charge stems from the large quantity of marijuana found inside the house. “Anything over 10 pounds of marijuana is an automatic charge of trafficking marijuana,” said Rosborough.
The suspects remained in the Henry County Jail without bond at press time, Wednesday.