Top row, from left: Binh Van Hoang, Hang Nguyen , Henry Nguyen, Minh Luong. Bottom row, Nam Van Dao, Phi Ngoc Luong, Thao Phoung Nguyen and Thu Thi Phan. Trung Bui is not pictured. Hall County Sheriff's Office

- Police in Hall, Jackson, and Barrow counties arrested nine people in connection with a huge marijuana growing and distribution ring worth more than $7.1 million last month.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said the operation shut down six large-scale “indoor grow operations” and seized more than 1,500 marijuana plants, more than 300 pounds of process marijuana, and $329,735 in cash.

Hall, Barrow and Jackson county deputies worked with the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and partnered with local FBI and the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.

“Operations such as this are proof that large-scale drug networks are not just operating in Hall County, but are invading our quiet neighborhoods. Among our biggest concerns in these types of cases is the fact that they occur in normal, residential neighborhoods and have the potential to bring violent crimes with them,” Sheriff Gerald Couch was quoted as saying in a release

The sheriff reported that the following people were arrested following the raids:

  • Minh Luong, 53, of Gainesville
  • Phi Ngoc Luong, 25, of Hoschton
  • Henry Nguyen, 48, of Gainesville
  • Hang Nguyen 53, of Duluth
  • Thao Phoung Nguyen, 26, of Hoschton
  • Trung Bui, 47, of Flowery Branch
  • Binh Van Hoang, 52, of Flowery Branch
  • Nam Van Dao, 46, of Gainesville
  • Thu Thi Phan, 50, of Flowery Branch

Arrest warrants were issued for:

  • Sen Thi Do, 46, of Flowery Branch
  • Vinh To, 63, of Flowery Branch
  • Dung Nguyen, 47, of Flowery Branch

All are being charged with various drug-related charges stemming from the manufacturing, trafficking, and distribution of marijuana.

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