- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities in Atlanta say they have shut down a methamphetamine operation capable of producing a significant amount of the drug.

Atlanta police say officers working with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Wednesday discovered the meth lab when they searched two addresses in Atlanta.

Police say officers found about 41 pounds of crystal meth and about 50 gallons of meth in its liquid form, which could have been converted into about 250 pounds of crystal meth. Police say the combined street value would have exceeded $10.8 million.

Police also seized more than $35,000 in cash, a handgun and three vehicles.

Police say Armando Ayala was arrested and faces charges including meth trafficking. He was taken to the Fulton County jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

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