A Buckhead man who was arrested in early 2019 after a shipping container filled with hundreds of pounds of marijuana and THC oil cartridges was seized in Forsyth County has been formally charged with trafficking and other drug charges by the county’s highest court.
Kevin Joseph Marrero Jr., 35, has been charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of THC with intent to distribute for “unlawfully” possessing more than 10 pounds of marijuana and THC oil on Jan. 22, allegedly with the intent to sell, according to indictment documents recently filed in the Forsyth County Superior Court.
At the time of Marrero’s arrest, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater told the Forsyth County News that the man was taken into custody by the Johns Creek Alpharetta Forsyth County Drug Task Force after he allegedly signed for delivery of a shipping container at an address off Trotters Way in south Forsyth.
Rainwater said that using information gathered from their investigation into Marrero and other out-of-state law enforcement agencies, investigators with the task force were at the scene at the time of the delivery and quickly verified the presence of narcotics in the shipping container using a K9 unit.
“He was expecting it at a certain time, and we were there waiting,” Rainwater said.
Investigators discovered 170 pounds of suspected high-grade marijuana bagged for sale in pound-size bags, Rainwater said, along with 1,200 packages of THC oil vaporizer cartridges of 70 and 90 percent purity.
Marrero allegedly left the container at the delivery location, a heavily-trafficked industrial area where a shipping container would not look out of place, Rainwater said, and was followed by task force agents, who arrested Marrero during a traffic stop.
Since his arrest, Marrero has been held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.
An attorney for Marrero could not be reached for comment as of press time.
Marrero’s case in the Forsyth County Court will be presided over by Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James A. Dunn.