Flacos Tacos owner arrested in meth investigation

Crime & Safety

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Officials have arrested a local business owner accused of conspiring with others to have large amounts of crystal methamphetamine shipped to him from across the country to be distributed throughout Chatham County and the surrounding areas.

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) announced Monday that Adolfo “Flaco” Mitchell of Guyton, 34, turned himself in on Nov. 7 after being indicted on Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine.

Mitchell is the owner of Flacos Tacos, which has multiple locations throughout Chatham and Bryan counties. 

“More often than not, you have people who are engaged in illegal activity who are also involved in legal activity. They try to merge the two together and come across as a legal, law-abiding person in a way to try to hide their illegal activities”

Gene Harley, Assistant Deputy Director, CNT

According to investigators, Mitchell was the subject of a large narcotics investigation in 2016. Police say Mitchell conspired to have others ship meth to him, but also directed others to transport the drugs to various locations and states.

Investigators say this isn’t the first time Mitchell has been arrested. On March 7, 2018, following a traffic stop, CNT arrested Mitchell and found him to be in possession of marijuana and two firearms. A juvenile was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident. 

On April 25, 2019, the Chatham County Grand Jury indicted Mitchell.

On May 1, 2019, Mitchell was re-arrested at Flacos Tacos restaurant in Richmond Hill on new charges, Using a Minor for an Illicit Transaction and two counts Furnishing a Pistol to a Minor. Mitchell later posted a $8,500 bond. “Business owners who engage in otherwise regular or lawful activities find ways to take their illegal monies and try to wash them through if you will, and this is a prime example of that.”

“Business owners who engage in otherwise regular or lawful activities find ways to take their illegal monies and try to wash them through if you will, and this is a prime example of that.”

Gene Harley, Assistant Deputy Director, CNT

It is unclear how many restaurants are still affiliated with Mitchell. One Franchise Operator told News 3 on Monday, most Flacos Tacos are now independently owned.

This remains an active investigation.

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