Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, officers from the Clayton County Police Department, and deputies from the Spalding and Henry County Sheriff’s Offices took 14 suspects into custody on Dec. 14 after executing four search warrants in Hampton. The suspects face charges including methamphetamine possession, conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, involvement in a Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization and using an electronic device in furtherance of a felony. They are being held at the Lee State Prison and the Spalding, Butts, Upson and Henry County Jails. A further five suspects remain at large.
The agents, officers and deputies made the arrests after searching residences on Robin Hood Lane, Little John Trail and Turner Road and an apartment on Wood Road. The searches allegedly led to the discovery of more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $12,000. Agents also seized nine firearms, six vehicles and $41,736 in U.S. currency. A stolen motorcycle was among the vehicles seized. The GBI believes that the money recovered during the operation was the proceeds of illegal drug sales.
The narcotics investigation that led to the arrests was originally conducted by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. The GBI became involved when the BCSO determined that the suspects they were investigating were distributing drugs in several other counties. The BCSO arrested 70 individuals on drug trafficking and distribution charges before calling in the GBI. The agents, officers and deputies who are working the case are assigned to the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force.
Drug sweeps and plea agreements
When law enforcement makes dozens of arrests during a narcotics sweep, it is very likely that several of the suspects taken into custody will agree to cooperate and provide information in return for reduced drug charges or more lenient sentences. If you are arrested in this kind of operation, an experienced criminal defense attorney could explain the plea negotiation process and evaluate any offers you receive. An attorney could also argue vigorously on your behalf in court if you maintain your innocence or the evidence against you is lacking.