Toombs Father/Son Target of Fed Complaint
Tuesday, 30 March 2010

March 30--  A Toombs County father and son are the target of a federal investigation regarding the sale of marijuana and cocaine and money laundering.

Court records show that Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Robert Livingston filed a criminal complaint earlier this month against Raymond Florez and his son, Gabriel, of 1690 Lyons-Center Road.

The DEA believes the two have been involved in illegal drug activity since 1995. On March 11th, the DEA obtained search warrants seeking evidence at the Florez home, their business locations at the E-Z Pay Auto car lot in Vidalia and the Silverado Club on U.S. Highway One north of Lyons, and safe deposit boxes in two local banks.

The two were implicated in drug deals by Hugh McCullough, Jr. who was arrested in a round-up last August and whom the DEA describes as "a large scale drug trafficker in the Toombs County area."  McCullough told agents he had bought large amounts of cocaine and marijuana from Raymond Florez. The DEA reports numerous other instances of drug buys and sales and claims the proceeds were laundered through the Florez' businesses in Toombs County.

Preliminary hearings for the two were held before a U.S. Magistrate and the two were being held without bond pending charges.

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