4 members of Sinaloa drug cartel sentenced to prison in narcotics bust


More than a year after a drug bust yielded the arrests of four members of the Sinaloa drug cartel, a jury found them guilty of various drug charges, according to a release from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. 

Martin Cuellor Lopez, Fidel Ayala-Agurrie, Jorge Arreola-Camarena, and Jose Arreola- Camarena were sentenced Friday to a combined 75 years in prison, Douglas district attorney officials said. At the time of the investigation, Ayala-Agurrie and Jorge Arreola-Camarena were convicted felons, and were previously deported from the United States in 2011 following their convictions.

The investigation began June 29, 2017 when the Douglas County Sheriff’s office and Homeland Security Investigation agents issued an arrest warrant in the 4100 block of Ga. 92 in Douglasville. Authorities believed the home was being used to traffic narcotics. 

When authorities went to arrest the suspect, they discovered a methamphetamine production operation and obtained a search warrant for the home, officials said. 

During the search, investigators found a kilogram of heroin hidden behind a wall in the home, roughly 10 ounces of marijuana, a methamphetamine cooking operation, liquid methamphetamine and more than $83,000 in cash. Authorities also found a stolen Smith and Wesson 9mm, a Colt .38 handgun, a Mossberg rifle, and two automobiles which had secret compartments in them.

Officials also found the four men living inside the Douglasville home. 

Brothers Jorge and Jose Arreola- Camarena were sentenced to 30 years with 15 to serve in prison after they aided the prosecution against the higher-ranking members, Lopez and Ayala-Agurrie. 

Lopez was sentenced to 40 years with 25 to serve in prison and while Fidel Ayala-Agurrie was given a 30-year sentence with 20 to serve in prison. 

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