Multi-million dollar drug trafficking ring dismantled


Larry Fricks

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have dismantled a drug trafficking organization that distributed more than $3.5 million of methamphetamine in North Georgia over the past five months.

Officers served 10 search warrants and 14 arrest warrants Friday for members and suppliers of Larry “Lil Man” Fricks’ drug organization, according to the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO).

A press release issued by ARDEO Special Agent in Charge, Mitchell Posey said, “We’ve investigated the Larry Fricks drug trafficking organization for the last five months. We utilized every investigative tool available to us – all of which were proactive in nature – so that we not only could determine the extent of or the amount of drugs that Larry Fricks was distributing in North Georgia, but the people that were in his organization that were helping him.”

Posey added that multiple criminal charges will be brought against these persons under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute.

Fricks and his organization have been active in Banks, Hall, Jackson, White Lumpkin and surrounding counties for many years. The organization is believed to be responsible for the distribution of more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $3.5 million.

“This particular investigation is an example of the value of interagency cooperation,” Posey said. “Because of the strong, existing relationships between the participating agencies, Agents were able to share intelligence and coordinate the dismantling of a complex drug trafficking organization. The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected.”

All member agencies of ARDEO provided significant resources to this criminal investigation along with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Commerce Police Department, and the Department of Corrections.

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.



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