Make PoliceOne your homepage. It was the second major seizure in the agency's four-month-old "Money Trail" initiative to monitor drug money that passes between the United States and Mexico; The first came through arrests made in Denver and Detroit. Among those arrested late Wednesday and early Thursday was the suspected leader of the Atlanta organization, known to law enforcement officials only as "Gotti.
In at least one case, DEA said, the drugs were hidden in a tractor trailer carrying pork and livestock portions. Tandy said in a statement. Nineteen of them were illegal Mexican immgriants, DEA said. Twenty-two suspected members of the cell were indicted Oct. Of the 28 arrested, 19 were illegal Mexcian immigrants, DEA said.
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Use of force to enforce stay-at-home orders. Reactivating retirees for police service in times of crisis.Teams of law enforcement agents and officers fanned out of over Birmingham this morning, capturing 16 of 24 suspects named in a multi-million operation that authorities said served as a major drug pipeline into the city. Attorney Joyce White Vance. Divided into 18 teams, the officers hit the streets at 6 a.
Others that helped in today's roundup were deputies in Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties, and police officers from Birmingham, Hueytown, Hoover, Tuscaloosa and Vestavia Hills. Sixteen of those were arrested today, seven were already in custody and one remains at large. Authorities identified Patrick Dewayne "Pat" Hall, 37, and the ring leader.
His top lieutenant, they said, is Lovodas Deangelo "Bo" Blake, The pair ran to the house after leading police on a high-speed chase through northeast Birmingham, ditching their Chevrolet Tahoe in a front yard.
Two other defendants already were in custody on state drug-trafficking charges: Robert Lynn "Trap" Thomas Jr. Among those charged are two men who are featured performers in the North Birmingham-based and regionally known rap group, Trap Team Entertainment. We can't bring those loved-ones back and we can't restore what has been lost. We can, however, ensure that these dealers responsible for trafficking this killer drug are shut down and brought to justice.
Of the 24 people named in the indictment, 21 face the charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine between January and August The indictment charges two defendants with money laundering only, and one defendant with money laundering and one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking crime. The indictment contains 62 of the telephone counts, which variously include 21 of the 24 defendants. The indictment also includes four heroin and four cocaine distribution counts involving 10 of the defendants.
Jesstifur Hurst is Jesse Hurst's son. Authorities still are searching for "Tweety," a Texas supplier. The indictment separates defendants by the amount and type of drug attributed to them through their actions in the drug-trafficking conspiracy, according to the press release. The defendants, type and amount of illegally trafficked drug attributed to them, and the maximum prison sentence for that crime are as follows:.
Patrick Hall, Blake and Olasoagar also are charged with one count of possessing with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Blake faces an additional count of distributing cocaine. Jesstifur Hurst is charged with three separate counts of distributing heroin and one count of distributing cocaine. Johnson faces one count of distributing heroin. Jesse Hurst and Eric Hall face one count of distributing heroin, and Mitchell, Ocasio and Tweety face one count of possessing with intent to distribute grams or more of cocaine.
Patrick Hall, Lewis, Irvine, Nelson and Jones are charged with laundering money derived from the drug-trafficking conspiracy. According to the indictment, Patrick Hall conspired with those four co-defendants between January and August to buy property titled in their names. The purchases were:.On Thursday, December 26,at approximately a. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately a.
During the attempted stop, deputies were alerted that the vehicle was stolen out of the city of South Fulton. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued.
The vehicle led deputies to the block of Ridge Road in Atlanta which is a dead-end. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately p.Traffic stop leads to major drug bust
The stop was attempted after the deputy was alerted the vehicle, a pickup truck, was associated with a wanted person. The truck initially stopped, then sped away. The deputy pursued until the truck wrecked near Philips Road in Lake City. Wright ran from the scene and was apprehended on Helen Street minutes later by responding officers. Marc Denver Thompson, 26, allegedly threatened his mother and brother with a gun during the incident. As a result, arrest warrants were obtained for Thompson charging him with two counts of aggravated assault.
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Thank you for reading! Sign Up. Log In Purchase a Subscription.Full Story. Local News. Philadelphia Pennsylvania New Jersey Delaware. Weather U. Station Info. Follow Us:. Share Tweet Email. Share: Share Tweet Email. Victoria Dawn Tamuschy, 27, of S. Main St. WPVI -- The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said 13 people are being charged after an investigation into alleged drug dealing in the western part of the state. The sweep was conducted in Westmoreland County, and targeted those who were allegedly dealing heroin and other drugs in several communities.
The suspects were targeted after controlled purchases were made during the investigation, the AG's office said. This is just the latest in a series of major drug sweeps in Pennsylvania recently. Police in Darby Borough announced a sweep targeting more than alleged drug dealers on April 28th. On April 22nd, charges against 15 people were announced after the bust of an alleged cocaine operation, also in Delaware County.
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A total of 33 people were arrested in an operation targeting a major heroin trafficking organization. A total of 43 people have been charged after an investigation into a drug ring that stretched from western Pennsylvania to Detroit.
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I don't think they're disappointed about being locked up right now. Surveillance of this particular operation has been underway since November The DEA got a tip and did "old-fashioned police work," says Murphy.
Atlanta drug bust nets 28 suspects
He says cartels don't stick to boundaries, so inter-agency cooperation between jurisdictions helps nail the criminals. According to SAC Murphy, agents and officers received an anonymous tip about a drug transaction being conducted at a tire shop located on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta. Thursday, a man offloaded one of the boxes in a U-Haul into a Nissan truck, and the vehicles went their separate ways. A traffic stop in East Point revealed pounds of crystal meth in the U-Haul.
The Nissan was pulled over in Lawrenceville, and was carrying more than two dozen kilos of cocaine.
Weekend drug bust nets 28 arrests, $38K in cash in North Georgia
Agents found the taped-up packages of drugs interspersed among actual packages of Mexican cookies, so any cursory glance in the truck or into a case of the snacks would have looked as if the truck was actually hauling sweets. In fact, three of the suspects had a box of the cookies open in the console, and were snacking on them. Next, agents swarmed a house in Lawrenceville, which was the stash house. A false basement wall held a bogus circuit breaker box, and when agents removed the phony panel, a bedroom-sized room behind the wall contained a suitcase and duffel bag stuffed with cash, as well as more drugs--including a buried cooler holding packages of fentanyl-laced heroin.
Drugs were also hidden inside several car batteries. The stash house's neighborhood was described as quiet, diverse, and residential. SAC Murphy says the drug runners need that kind of infrastructure and familiarity of community that lets them blend in and conduct business. He says that "they love to live in normal" neighborhoods and lead quiet lives. It's part of what makes Atlanta so popular with the cartels.
They're not going to have flashy vehicles out front. You're going to see a couple people come and go, like any normal family. All seven of the largest cartels, he said, have firmly-established operations here in metro Atlanta.
Murphy says this isn't the first time they have hit this particular cartel--which he would not name--but he says this is one of the biggest seizures from it.
He adds that there is a second wave of action coming soon.
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Police recovered the drugs from the street below the building. Authorities say Dark is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking marijuana, and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.
Peterson is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Agents recovered two semi-automatic rifles and a Glock handgun. The handgun was reported stolen out of Talladega, Alabama. Should Americans wear masks? By Beth Dalbey, Patch Staff. Nearby Places. Back to the Atlanta Patch. Local News 12h Gov. Read more local news from Atlanta. Find out what's happening in Atlanta with free, real-time updates from Patch.
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