Texas Trucker, Along With 18 Others, BUSTED in “Major Drug Distribution” Ring
Houston County, GA – Georgia authorities arrested a Texas truck driver last week, along with 18 others, after seizing $4 million of cocaine and discovering nearly 285,000 cash hidden inside of his big rig.
According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), an investigation known as Operation “Clean” Sweep was begun in November of 2019, into an alleged “major drug distribution” ring operating throughout Middle Georgia.
As part of that investigation, HCSO’s Narcotics Unit working in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and multiple local law enforcement agencies, intercepted a shipment of drugs and cash on March 4, 2020.
Investigators say they intercepted 87 lbs. of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $3.8 million.
Dexter Lee Williams, 51, and Curtis Eugene Thorpe, 47, both of Macon, GA, were taken into custody in Bibb County while in possession of the cocaine.
At about the same time, Baldwin County authorities initiated a stop of 30-year-old trucker Francisco Daniel Costilla, of Edinburg, TX.
Police searched Costilla’s tractor-trailer and found nearly $285,000 cash inside a “hidden compartment,” HCSO says.
Costilla was taken into custody.
On March 5, arrest warrants were obtained charging a total of 19 people with the distribution of narcotics in the alleged racketeering operation.
More arrests are expected to be made, HCSO says.
All suspects are being held without bond at the Houston County Detention Center.