(CLEVELAND) – Five people face varying drug related charges following their arrests Tuesday following a four-month drug investigation in White County. Mitchell Posey, Special Agent in Charge of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) said, “ the ongoing investigation is part of an effort to dismantle what he called a local methamphetamine trafficking network.”
According to Posey, the network is responsible for trafficking pounds of the drug in White, Habersham and Stephens counties. According to Posey, this weeks arrests were part of an effort by the ARDEO and White County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities served arrest warrants at several locations.
Those arrested were identified as: 45-year-old Angela Diane Green, 47-year-old Tammy Yvonne Albright, 38-year-old Benjamin Louin Collins, 34-year-old Justin Collin Clark and 28-year-old Crystal Nicole Merrell.
Green, of Powder Springs, is charged with violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Albright, from Cleveland, is charged with violation of the RICO Act, conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of methamphetamine and illegal use of a communication facility. Collins, also of Cleveland, is charged with violation of the RICO Act, conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possession of methamphetamine.
Clark, of Helen, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, and Merrell, of Cleveland, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Posey said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending.