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Meth seized at Mexican border, replaced and tracked to Gainesville by authorities
Austell woman arrested after receiving 18 kilos of what she believed to be drugs
Montoya Guadalupe Rodriguez-Zumico

HALL COUNTY  - An Austell woman was arrested Monday in Gainesville after authorities say she received a package she believed contained 18 kilograms (39.6 pounds) of methamphetamine.

Montoya Guadalupe Rodriguez-Zumico, 33, was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to traffic methamphetamine, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators believe the meth was destined for the Atlanta area.

The meth was discovered at the Mexican border hidden inside candles, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Ware. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security switched the drugs and candles with those of a similar weight.

Law enforcement monitored the package as it moved from Mexico to Gainesville, Ware said. The value of the meth, which never made it to Hall County, was $44,800.

Rodriguez-Zumico allegedly received the package at a predetermined location in Gainesville and was arrested without incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She has been booked into Hall County Jail and is being held without bond.