The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team held a press conference Monday to announce the completion of a 20-month long joint investigation resulting in the dismantling of three drug organizations operating throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
In March 2011, CNT in a working partnership with the Beaufort/Jasper Multi-Agency Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration started investigating a drug organization operating in both Chatham County and Beaufort/Jasper. Numerous undercover purchases of cocaine were made by authorities over the next year.
By June 2012, authorities seized several pounds of marijuana and identified two additional drug organizations with most persons distributing controlled substances within Chatham County.
On July 3, 2012, CNT and DEA agents with the assistance of the Laurens Co. Sheriff's Department and Georgia State Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on I-16. The stop resulted in the seizure of 23 kilograms of cocaine and $24,520 in cash. Three residential search warrants were executed in Chatham County immediately following the seizure. The residential search warrants resulted in the seizure of marijuana and $69,677 in cash.
During the month of August, five residential search warrants were executed throughout Georgia and South Carolina. The search warrants resulted in the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, guns and $47,965 in cash.
A total of 39 persons were indicted in the Superior Court of Chatham County on Nov. 28, 2012 on Conspiracy to Violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.
On Nov. 29, residential search warrants and 39 arrest warrants were executed throughout Georgia and South Carolina with the assistance of more than 14 law enforcement agencies including local, state and federal agencies. The sweep operation resulted in the arrest of most of the 39 suspects and the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, guns and $158,433 in cash.
The operation resulted in the following totals:
Persons Indicted: 39
Marijuana Seized: 10.9 pounds or 4,949.192 grams (Street Value up to: $48,832.00)
Cocaine Seized: 23.48 kilograms or 23,486.18 grams (Street value up to: $2,760,000.00)
Firearms: 10 (All firearms seized from convicted felons)
Money Seized: $312,769.00
The 23 kilograms of cocaine seized marks the highest in CNT history.
The following people have been indicted. According to authorities, some names have been purposely left off as they have not yet been arrested.
Friday, May 24 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:57:32 GMT
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