Alto woman charged with murder after another major drug bust in north Georgia

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Ashley Sosbee

CLEVELAND, Ga. – An Alto woman was charged with felony murder and 17 people were arrested Friday when agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), Mt. Airy Police Department and Department of Corrections busted a major heroin trafficking ring operating in north Georgia.

Ashley Sosbee, 25, was charged in connection with the overdose death of Adam Hicks. The five-month investigation into Hicks’ death led to opiod-related search warrants in Habersham and Franklin counties and a total of 17 arrests for violation of the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) statute.

In a press release, Special Agent Mitchell Posey said, “Authorities have worked tirelessly to bring the people responsible for the death of Adam Hicks to justice. This investigation speaks loudly to opioid dealers that law enforcement will not sit idly on the sidelines as the people in our communities die.”

The release also identifies others charged as: 19-year-old Cole Dalton, of Alto, charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin; 76-year-old Bud Heaton, of Baldwin, charged with Sale of Controlled Substances Schedule II (Oxycodone) and Possession Schedule II With Intent to Distribute Oxycodone; 48-year-old James Heumaneus, of Cornelia, charged with Sale of Controlled Substances Schedule II (Oxycodone); 49-year-old Janie Rogers, of Carnesville, charged with Sale of Schedule II (Oxycodone), Possession of Marijuana Less Than One Ounce and Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule II (Oxycodone); 40-year-old Karen Shope, of Baldwin, Sale of Controlled Substance Schedule I (Methamphetamine); 47-year-old Tina Smelcer, of Cornelia, Possession of Schedule II Control Substance;  49-year-old Tilynn Ivester, of Baldwin, Possession of Schedule IV Control Substance; 33-year-old Brandi Freeman, of  Mt. Airy, Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Abandonment of Dangerous Drugs; 35-year-old James Chadrick Harrelson, of Mt. Airy, Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Abandonment of Dangerous Drugs; and 44-year-old Jacqueline Galliher, of Mt. Airy, Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule IV and Possession of Schedule II Control Substance.

In addition, Habersham authorities executed arrest warrants for RICO on: Ashley Sosbee, 25, of Alto; Jordan Flanagan, 25, of Alto; Brandon Burton, 25, of Cornelia, Georgia; Dustin Thomas, 22, of Alto; Grant Martin, 21, of Cornelia; Jessica Hancock, 23, of Clarkesville; and Patricia Blacklock, 20, of Gainesville.

 

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Law enforcement disrupts major marijuana distribution ring operating in three counties

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Steven Pruitt

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and multiple local law enforcement agencies including White County and the Cleveland Police Department disrupted a large marijuana distribution organization operating in White, Habersham and Gwinnett counties last week.

White County authorities learned about the organization through tips from the local community. On Feb. 2, search warrants were executed at Steven Pruitt’s residence at 110 Rolling Ridge Drive in Cleveland where eight pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax and numerous firearms were confiscated.

ARDEO Agents and Norcross Police also executed a search warrant at Evan Johnstone and William Blake Moore’s townhome in Norcross where they found 14 pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of THC wax, 104 .500 mL THC Vape Cartridges, and $42,169 in cash.

Evan Johnstone

Johnstone and Ryan Crispin were arrested with cash and drugs in their possession during traffic stops in White County. An investigation indicated Crispin was coming to White County to purchase marijuana from Pruitt and that Johnstone and Moore supplied Pruitt with marijuana and the THC wax.

Overall, the operation yielded $56,253 in cash and took $546,000 of illegal narcotics off the streets.

Agents believe a large quantity of the marijuana was smuggled into Georgia from states that have legalized marijuana. It also appears Johnstone and Moore were producing their own THC wax, a highly potent THC-concentrated mass that contains extraordinarily high THC levels.

William Crispin

Pruitt, 33, Crispin, 20, and Johnstone, 25, were charged under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute and transported to the White County Detention Center. A RICO warrant has been issued for Moore, but he has not yet been arrested.

Anyone with information about Moore or who would like to report suspicious drug activity can do so via instant message or by calling 706-348-7410.

 

 

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Sheriff’s Office, ARDEO conduct sweeping search for drugs in White County residences

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Sheriff Neal Walden

CLEVELAND, Ga. – On Monday, Jan. 22, the White County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Community Supervision and Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) conducted a search of 15 residences in White County that resulted in nine arrests and the seizure of drugs, guns and stolen property.

The goal of the operation was to remove all illegal narcotics and deter drug dealers from selling illegal narcotics in White County.

Joshua Cunningham, Glen Goerke, Victoria Thompson, William Nicely, and Thomas Keith Trammell were arrested at 859 West Kytle Street and charged with multiple drug possession charges. Thompson faces the additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Christopher Shane Goodsir was arrested at 170 Sycamore Dr. in Cleveland where law enforcement found one gram of methamphetamine, three codeine pills valued at $125 and recovered a stolen trailer from Hall County valued at $999. Goodsir was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule III drugs, and theft by receiving.

Johnny Ray Bridgers was arrested at 726 Partin Road in Cleveland where authorities found one gram of methamphetamine valued at $110. Bridgers was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Jeffrey Anthony Chastain and Amanda Christine Anderson were arrested at 1149 Black Road in Cleveland where deputies found one gram of methamphetamine, three amphetamine pills and two grams of marijuana valued at $200. Chastain and Anderson were charged with possession methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II drug and possession of marijuana (misdemeanor).

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via IM or at 706-348-7410 or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office News Release

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On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Randy Floyd Evans’ residence at 2351 Old Maddox Rd., Hoschton, Georgia. The search warrant came after a month-long narcotics investigation revealed that Evans was selling various quantities of methamphetamine from his residence. During the search warrant, agents located a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and several drug-related objects (i.e. scales, pipes, baggies, etc.) throughout the residence. The following people were present at the residence and were charged with the following:

Randy Floyd Evans, 53, of Hoschton, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

David James Stancil, 32, of Winder, possession of methamphetamine, giving false name and date of birth to law enforcement, failure to appear-Jackson County, and failure to appear-Barrow County.

Laura Ann Latimer, 27, of Jefferson, possession of methamphetamine.

Each of these people were transported to the Jackson County Detention Center. This investigation continues.

For additional information about Appalachian RDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity, look for ARDEO@appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook@appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, the Cleveland Police Department and the Lavonia Police Departement, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Cleveland Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Bust

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office scored a significant drug bust last week.

It started with a traffic stop that led to the arrest of Bobby Joe Mullinax Jr., 39 of Cleveland and the seizure of one pound of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash.

The following day, ARDEO agents, along with deputies with White County and Lumpkin County executed a search warrant at Keith and Bradley Talley’s residence, 794 Stanley Nix Road in Cleveland, during which they confiscated more than $51,000 in illicit drugs, including 460 grams of meth, 30 Methline pills and a quantity of hydrocodone pills.  

Mullinax is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Patrick Keith Talley is charged with trafficking in meth, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of meth with intent to distribute, and possession of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Bradley Talley is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of schedule II with intent to distribute.

Patrick Keith Talley was charged with trafficking in meth, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of meth with intent to distribute, and possession of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

The three men were transported to the White County Detention Center.

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for ARDEO@appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook@appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, the Cleveland Police Department, and the Lavonia Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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New Plan in Drug Overdose Response

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Four Indicted for Distributing Heroin

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Four Indicted for Heroin Distribution in North Ga.

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Michelle Dawn Dorsey, Nigel Alan Waddell, and Tyler Josiah Matthews have been arraigned on federal charges of trafficking in heroin.  A fourth defendant, Derrik Omar Frazier, was arraigned on July 20.

Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office Special Agent in Charge Mitchell Posey said, “This indictment absolutely saved lives.  We will never know exactly how many lives were saved but we know families whose lives would have otherwise been shattered will enjoy time together today because of this team’s hard work.  That makes you bounce out of bed each morning so we can get to work!”

According to U.S. Attorney John Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: Dorsey, Waddell, Matthews and Frazier allegedly conspired to distribute heroin in North Georgia. Dorsey and Waddell sold quantities of heroin in White and Habersham counties. They obtained the heroin primarily from Frazier. Matthews worked for Dorsey and were responsible for transporting heroin from Frazier’s residence in Stone Mountain to Dorsey’s residence in Demorest.

Two heroin users allegedly overdosed on heroin they obtained from Dorsey, but they were revived after being administered Naloxone by emergency medical personnel in White County in one instance and Habersham County in the other. Naloxone is used to treat narcotic overdoses as it can reverse the effects of an overdose in most cases. Both overdose victims likely would have died, but for the life saving measures taken by medical professionals.

“The indictment brought against these defendants is the result of a two-year, joint federal-state investigation by law enforcement to take down a significant heroin distribution network operating between communities in North Georgia and the Atlanta area,” Horn said. “Heroin and fentanyl are poisoning our communities, and the overdoses and deaths are climbing in truly alarming numbers.  Our office, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, are taking a strong stance against those who deal heroin and opiates.”

The overdose victims in this case were transported to medical facilities by friends who were also in possession of heroin.  However, those individuals have not been charged with any offense. Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law protects individuals from arrest, prosecution, and conviction of certain drug offenses if the evidence of their drug crime results from the individuals seeking medical assistance for someone thought to be suffering from a drug overdose.

On July 20, in conjunction with Frazier’s arrest at his residence in Stone Mountain, agents with the ARDEO and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant. The agents seized one ounce of heroin, one ounce of methamphetamine, one ounce of cocaine, and a cache of firearms.

Each defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove each defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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