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Cleveland Man Arrested As Part Of A Major Drug Trafficking Organization

1/11/19

(Cleveland)-A major drug trafficking organization law enforcement says distributed more than $3.5 million of methamphetamine in North Georgia over the past five months is being brought down.

A news release Friday from Mitchell Posey, Special Agent in Charge of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Agency said, Federal, state and local officers served 10 search warrants and 14 arrest warrants for members and suppliers of Larry “Lil Man” Fricks’ drug organization. 

A contingency of local, state and federal law enforcement officers executed 10 search warrant in Banks,
Jackson, White, Lumpkin, Barrow, and Hall Counties. Officers seized approximately 9 pounds of crystal
methamphetamine, an ounce of marijuana, $13,000, firearms, and numerous vehicles. The street value
of the seized narcotics was $155,000.

Search warrants were executed at the following locations:
1) Hall County S.W.A.T. executed a search warrant at 3772 E. Hall Road, Gainesville, Hall County,
GA. (LARRY DWAYNE FRICKS).
2) ARDEO executed a search warrant at 71 King Street, Commerce, Jackson County, GA
(MICHAEL GRIBBLE).
3) Barrow County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 170 Scott Drive, Winder, Barrow
County, GA. (STEPHANIE PRITCHETT).
4) Banks County S.O. executed a search warrant at 384 Carson Segars Road, Maysville, Banks
County, Georgia (ELDON FRICKS).
5) White County S.W.A.T. executed a search warrant at 411 Hogan Road, Cleveland, GA (JARED
CODY ELLER).
6) GBI Special Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at 1175 Welborn Road, Gillsville, GA
(MATT GERRIN).
7) GBI Special Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at 71 Hale Road, Maysville, Jackson
County, GA (BRANDON WOOD).
8) Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 288 Melody Lane, Dahlonega,
Lumpkin County, Georgia (GARY “RED” BROWN).
9) Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad executed a search warrant at 481 Woodsmill Road,
APT B, Gainesville, Georgia (TIMOTHY “FREEBIRD” FREEMAN).
10) Hall County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 4384 Todd Road, Braselton, Hall
County, Georgia (RICHARD “RICHIE” FRANK SIMMONS).

RICO arrest warrants have been executed on the following people:
1) LARRY “LITTLE MAN” DWAYNE FRICKS 27 y/o/a
3772 E. Hall Road, Gainesville, GA
2) MICHAEL DOUGLAS GRIBBLE 42 y/o/a
71 King Street, Commerce, GA
3) STEPHANIE MAE PRITCHETT 38 y/o/a
170 Scott Drive, Winder, GA
4) CHELSEA MANGUM FRICKS 28 y/o/a
3772 E. Hall Road, Gainesville, GA
5) BRANDON DWIGHT WOOD 37 y/o/a
71 Hale Road, Maysville, GA
6) DWAYNE ELDON FRICKS 52 y/o/a
384 Carson Segars Road, Maysville, GA

8) JAMES CHRISTOPHER HOOD 34 y/o/a

3018 White Sulphur Road, Gainesville, GA
9) WALTER CECIL WHITEHEAD IV 45 y/o/a
4384 Todd Road, Braselton, GA

10) JARED CODY ELLER 26 y/o/a
411 Hogan Road, Cleveland, GA
11) TIMOTHY “FREEBIRD” FREEMAN 59 y/o/a
481 WOODSMILL RD APT B
GAINESVILLE GA 30501
12) MATTHEW LEE GERRIN 31 y/o/a
1175 Welborn Road, Gillsville, GA
13) MARTY “GO HARD” THOMAS 36 y/o/a
Hancock State Prison
14) GARY “RED” LOYD BROWN 56 y/o/a
288 Melody Lane, Dahlonega, GA
15) WILLIAM DALE GRAY 47 y/o/a
621 Homer Road, Commerce, GA

All of those arrested were transported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The only outstanding
RICO arrest warrant is for RICKIE NATION 59 y/o/a, 384 Carson Segars Road, Maysville, GA. If
anybody has any information on NATION please call your local Sheriff’s Office, Police Department or
ARDEO at 706-348-7410.

 

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9 comments

  1. Thank you Jesus for getting another crew that were destroying our young people. Keep on trying, I’m sure there are plenty more out here.

  2. Holy crap this was my next door neighbor. Richie was a really nice guy. Very friendly and polite. The whole lot were super nice, mannerful and kind. They were very nice to my kids. Just goes to show you NEVER know someone completely. We just thought they were a group of single guys that never moved past the party stage of life.

    • Richie wasn’t involved in the drugs or drug ring they came to his house cause of Walter whitehead (shon)

    • Richie didn’t know. It was his roommate that got him caught up. You guys pass judgement before the final outcome. Richie is a good person. So is Michael and Stephanie. They are just addicts. And made the wrong choices. And that’s if they actually were doing the things they said they were doing When I hung around them, I never saw any sign of any of that. I wish there was a way they could get help. This is hard to believe and hard to swallow. But it opened my eyes. Pray for these people, don’t curse them to death. You never know what things have happened to them in the past and what they had gone thru tin their life that would make them numb their pains with this stuff. I used to be an addict, I know Have compassion, pray for them.
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  3. I have known Richie since we were kids. He has a heart of gold and would give a stranger the shirt off his back. Addiction is a disease that tortures all walks of life. I do not believe for a second that he was as involved in this other than being with the wrong people at the wrong times. I am praying for you Big R. Love and miss you

  4. Who is Bd richie wants to know

  5. I met Richie just last night and although a lot of people will claim “I’m innocent and I didn’t know”, he honestly seemed like not only did he not know but reading the comments on here show just how many people are coming to his defense. Nobody else is being defended in these comments are they? It goes to show to that sometimes people who are in proximity to bad things doesn’t mean their involved regardless of what others say. My prayers go out to him and that the truth Does come out.

  6. Well I’m here to defend the Fricks’s. They are my family, they are very good people who have alot of other family and friends. Chelsea’s case was DISMISSED!! And I believe the law is innocent until proven guilty. They found NO drugs, NO guns, and NO big amounts of cash at either 1 of the Fricks’s residences. Thank you to the people who have sent prayers to all our family’s. People shouldn’t speak until they know the truth. And addiction is a bitch, until you or someone you love goes through this disease you will see it otherwise, I hope and pray for all involved.

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