Three people were arrested after an investigation into a multi-million shipment of narcotics was stolen from the Pilot Truck Stop in Cartersville back in 2014. A joint investigation led to the arrest of Filipe Hurtado Cruz of Colorado Springs, Yoandy Linares Mochado, Yosvani Cordero.
Cruz was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 18 in Colorado Springs by agents from the GBI with the assistance of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The GBI said thCordero and Yoandy Linares Machado were already in custody in Dalton on unrelated cargo theft charges.
The investigation led Bartow sheriff’s deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers to the location of the trailer. When officers attempted to stop the truck, a vehicle pursuit ensued. The driver of the truck eventually stopped in an industrial park, abandoned the cargo and fled on foot.
When investigators searched the truck, they found multiple GPS jamming devices along with other evidence which later connected the men to the theft, the state agency reported.
All three suspects are charged with three counts of cargo theft, trafficking in controlled substances, fleeing and attempting to elude police and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Additional arrest are expected.