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SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Man arrested for child pornography

Man arrested for child pornography

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A Hall County man was arrested Monday for having child pornography on his computer.

Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 40-year-old Tim Carlton Quick after obtaining evidence of his peer-to-peer sharing of the child porn.

Members of the GBI's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force performed a forensic preview of Quick's computer at the suspect's home on Sundial Avenue in Flowery Branch. They located "multiple files of suspected child pornography," according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

Quick is charged with one count of child pornography. He is being held in the Hall County Jail.

Ga. woman pleads not guilty to murder charge

Ga. woman pleads not guilty to murder charge

 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia woman pleaded not guilty to charges that she stabbed to death a 26-year-old man.

Local newspaper, the Gainesville Times is reporting Lisheena Kinanna Cantrell on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault, battery and simple battery charges.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old stabbed Eveccio Ballard in the neck during a Sept. 5 dispute between the two and another woman.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Chad Ford said Cantrell and Ballard had an "on-and-off" relationship, but police would not reveal a suspected motive for the killing.

Defense attorney Travis Williams declined comment on his defense strategy.

2 suspects sought for robbery inside taxi

2 suspects sought for robbery inside taxi

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff's Office are looking for two men accused of robbing a taxi driver.

The victim, who works for Taxi Los Potros, told police that he picked up the suspects on Atlanta Highway at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and took them to a mobile home park in the 100 block of McConnell Drive.

When the taxi arrived at its location, the victim said one of the men produced a handgun. When the driver tried to reach for his own gun, the two men overpowered him, stole his handgun and ran from the cab.

The driver described his attackers as Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Hall County Sheriff's Office at 770-533-7674.

HALL: $21,5000 in cattle stolen

HALL: $21,5000 in cattle stolen

GILLSVILLE, Ga. -- The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of 30 cattle from a holding pen in Gillsville.

The owner, Wayne Wright of Jefferson, told authorities he had put the cattle in the pen and planned to move them to another property. Hall County sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks says when Wright returned the following day, he discovered the cattle were missing.

Wilbanks says the 15 cows and 15 calves are of mixed colors, and some are branded with the letters "WT" on the hip. They have a total value of $21,500.

Wilbanks says it's the first report of cattle rustling in the county in three years, and that involved a dairy cow which was later recovered.

Child hit by watercraft on Georgia lake dies

Child hit by watercraft on Georgia lake dies

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Dawson County officials say a 10-year-old boy died after being hit by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

Dawson County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Milton Keller says the county's emergency services responded to a call Wednesday afternoon, following a report that a juvenile had been hit by a watercraft while on the lake.

Keller said the victim and his brother, both from McLean, Virginia, were riding separate watercraft when the accident occurred.

Emergency personnel say the child, whose name has not been released, was in and out of consciousness after they arrived.

The child was airlifted to Scottish Rite Hospital where he died from what Keller called "blood loss from internal injuries."

           

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.