by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Investigators said the five suspects connected to a fake ID operation ran their operation like a well-oiled machine.
They're accused of producing and selling all types of identifying documents. Four of the five suspects appeared in a Gwinnett County courtroom Thursday.
"During the course of our investigation, we made multiple purchases," A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified. The judge asked that WSBTV not identify the agent.
The agent said the GBI, along with the Department of Homeland Security, set up multiple buys at shopping plazas on Buford Highway in Norcross and recorded all of them.
"We had information originally that a person was selling, and that was the beginning of our case; was to go in and try to make a purchase from that person," the agent said.
The agent said they first arranged a buy with suspect Hector Fuentes.
"He took the picture, he took the money," the agent said.
Investigators said they bought
IDs from suspects Jesus Olvera and Raul Blancas. But the main goal was to locate the production facility.
Only Channel 2 Action News was there last Tuesday as federal and state agents raided a Lawrenceville home on Gaston Court.
Investigators carried out box after box marked "Homeland Security."
Thursday, Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh learned the boxes contained evidence of fake Social Security and green cards and a computer that could produce IDs like those from several different states.
"The computer shows multiple different styles of documents that they have software to produce," the agent testified.
The agent said evidence points to suspect Jorge Ramos as the producer.
Investigators claim to have made multiple buys, spending $120 to $150 each time.