BUENA VISTA, Ga. (WRBL) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested one Marion County man after a search warrant resulted in the seizure of three vehicles with fake Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs), multiple firearms, and over $75,000 in U.S. currency.

Jose Mezquite Ramirez, 45, was arrested on Aug. 10 following the search warrant executed in Marion County.

Ramirez faces the following charges:

  • Operating a chop shop
  • Three counts of buying, selling, receiving, concealing, using, possessing, or disposing of motor vehicle or part thereof from which identification has been removed or altered
  • Theft by receiving stolen property – Automobile
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Ramirez is currently being held at the Marion County Jail.

On Aug. 3, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation requested GBI assistance involving multi-state chop shop operations.

ALEA, GBI, and the Columbus Police Department conducted an investigation that resulted in multiple search warrants being executed on Aug. 10, 2022. This search warrant was a part of the joint investigation.

Upon competition, this case will be prosecuted by the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.