According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and FBI Agents issued more search warrants in Dahlonega on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The warrants were based on the analysis of the evidence seized on Friday where officers dismantled large multi-million dollar methamphetamine trafficking ring in North Georgia.

Agents located a second conversion lab at Antique Way in Dahlonega where they discovered a burned down residence which links to last Friday’s meth-lab discovery. The components at this secondary residence are consistent with last week’s meth- lab.

At this secondary lab, agents found seven empty 55-gallon drums, three of which tested positive for methamphetamine. Agents also located two AR-15 rifles, a pistol grip shotgun, and a handgun.

Law enforcement officials are confident there is a connection to both meth-labs and dismantled a large meth-lab criminal organization where 386 gallons of methamphetamine was produced and distributed.

Both of these properties were linked to Clara Catarino Mendoza, 32. Mendoza is a Hispanic female, 5’1” tall and weighs 125 pounds. Agents believed that Mendoza has fled with her 2 juvenile children.

Mendoza is a fugitive from justice. Arrest warrants have been issued on Mendoza for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Mendoza may be driving either a 2006 yellow H2 Hummer, Georgia tag PYX 5020, a 2003 gray Ford Superduty Truck, Georgia tag PKM 9409 or a White BMW 4 door sedan (exact model and tag unknown).

Law enforcement asks that if anybody sees Mendoza or has any information on her please call the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office at 706-864-3633, the GBI at 1-800-597-8477, the FBI at 1-800-225-5324 or your local police department or sheriff’s office.


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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.