ATLANTA – The man who managed a sophisticated meth trafficking network that sought to distribute more than $1 million worth of drugs in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties has been sent to jail. Hugo Solano-Garcia has been sentenced for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Beginning in July 2017, federal agents and the Atlanta-Carolina High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program began investigating Solano-Garcia and his associates for trafficking methamphetamine that had been smuggled from Mexico into metro Atlanta. Federal and local law enforcement agents uncovered a series of stash houses and meth labs in DeKalb and Gwinnett where the defendants would convert liquid meth into crystals for distribution, hiding the drugs in hollowed-out fire extinguishers and car batteries. The defendants barricaded some of these conversion laboratories and guarded them with guns.