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2 meth labs found in the same block in southwest Atlanta


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Police say a $10.8 million drug bust included the materials for more than 200 hundred pounds of crystal meth headed for Atlanta streets.

Authorities found one meth lab and another processing center in two southwest Atlanta homes.


Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon says investigators executed simultaneous search warrants on the homes at 2318 and 2330 Nelms Drive. At one of the homes, a fully operational methamphetamine lab was found. In the second location, a "substantial amount of methamphetamine in various stages of production was discovered."

Thursday afternoon, Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said they seized 41 pounds of meth, 50 gallons of liquid meth (that would have been made into more than 200 pounds of crystal meth), $35,000 in cash, a 9mm gnu, and two vehicles. They made one arrest at the scene.

According to police, Armando Ayala Ortiz is charged with trafficking meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of firearm or knife during commission of a felony.

"We put in hundreds of hours," Dep. Chief Tolleson said. "We were able to disrupt a major meth operation in the city of Atlanta."

This is a major win for our city," Chief George Turner said.