Arrest made in overdose death of Cleveland woman

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a Cleveland woman whose body was discovered in a room at the M Star Hotel on Aug. 19.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and the Cleveland Police Department arrested Olaffia Hester, age 27, of Gillsville Wednesday.

Hester was arrested for felony murder in connection to the overdose death of Katelyn Baker, age 23, of Cleveland. Baker’s body was discovered in a room at the M Star Hotel Cleveland by cleaning staff. The Cleveland Police Department and the White Coroner’s Office responded to the hotel and asked for ARDEO’s assistance when the death was suspected to be an overdose.

Hester was taken into custody in Gainesville with assistance from the Hall County Sheriff’s
Office. This is an ongoing investigation, and more charges are anticipated. 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.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the
following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Banks County, Jackson County,
Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin
County, the Cleveland Police Department and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the
Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia
Department of Community Supervision, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

North Georgia law enforcement agencies join forces in major drug investigation

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PRESS RELEASE

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — On July 26 and July 27, 2021, several arrests were made across North Georgia as the culmination of an 18-month investigation conducted by the White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

The investigation began in early 2020 in White County and eventually led agents to seize approximately four pounds of methamphetamine, nine firearms, and $8,000 in drug proceeds. The approximate street value of the methamphetamine is $28,000.00.

The following individuals have been charged with violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act:
Mary Pamela Clay, 61, of Cleveland
Ralph Lonnie Cochran, 57, of Cleveland
Travis Blake Cooper, 38, of Dahlonega
Dennis Jason Dick, 49, of Gainesville
Bradley Patrick Harkins, 33, of Dahlonega
Kathryn Cochran Lambert, 59, of Cleveland
Stacey Callaway Oliver, 41, of Clermont

The investigation is still active and ongoing.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via Facebook IM (@AppalachianRDEO) 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, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County and Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, the Toccoa Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, Georgia State Patrol, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Multiple law enforcement agencies seize drugs, weapons

News, Press Release

HALL COUNTY, Ga. – Law enforcement agencies from Lumpkin, White and Hall counties joined forces with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) to remove three pounds of methamphetamine and nine firearms off the street Tuesday (Feb. 23.).

After a four-month investigation, ARDEO agents served a search warrant at 7058 Britt Gailey Road in Clermont and arrested the following people:

  • Stacey Callaway Oliver, 41, of Clermont, charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony;
  • Rosa Estrada, 34, of Gainesville, charged with trafficking methamphetamine;
  • Wesley Oliver, 55, of Clermont, charged with possession of methamphetamine;

The methamphetamine seized possessed a street value of $21,000 dollars. During the investigation it was determined that this drug organization was supplying illegal drugs to a large area in Northeast Georgia

This investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

 

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.

 

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, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin County, the Cleveland Police Department, and Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of PublicSafety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Cleveland couple, charged with aggravated child molestation

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A Cleveland man and woman have been arrested on charges of aggravated child molestation involving a male victim under the age of 16.

Brittany Elizabeth Hayes, 28, and Timmy Allen Williamson, 39, were arrested by Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday (July 1) and booked into the Hall Count Jail. In addition to aggravated child molestation, Williamson is charged with incest.

The alleged incident took place at Mossy Creek State Park sometime between June 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2019. The victim disclosed the incident to family members and Hall County began its investigation on May 27, 2020.

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