Deputies in Union and Moore counties and police in Monroe and Marshville collaborated to stop what they call a crystal meth and pot conspiracy.
Moore County detectives started unraveling the major drug operation when they arrested Amador Flores in an undercover sting. Flores is from Union County.
So they tipped off police detectives and that triggered searches of homes in Marshville and Monroe, netting a giant stack of marijuana worth $3 million along with nearly $50,000 in crystal meth, drug paraphernalia and guns.
"There was narcotics stored in different places around the county and they lived in different places from where the narcotics was stored," said Detective Sgt. Kevin James.
Antonio Lopez, Octavio Villa and 60-year-old Alton Greene were also arrested.
Just like Flores, they're facing trafficking and other charges.
"Everything in this operation looks like it came from somewhere else, not homegrown," James said.
James says getting such a huge amount of drugs off the streets is the result of teamwork and agencies constantly working across county lines -- sharing information.
"When you have something resulting in 750 pounds of pot, 2 pounds of meth within a 24-hour period, that's great to see," James said.