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"Criminal Empire" Taken Down by CNT, Various Police Agencies

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CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) announced the dismantling of a criminal empire following a ten month investigation. 

In December 2012, CNT began investigating a drug distribution ring operating at 305 Priscilla D. Thomas Way Garden City, Georgia.  Over the course of ten months, CNT Agents working in an undercover capacity, made purchases of various forms of controlled substances from the organization, successfully identified the organization members to include persons in leadership positions, and identified multiple "sources of supply" for the organization. 

On March 28, 2013, CNT executed two (2) residential search warrants in connection with the organization, 2100 block of Mell Street and 1300 block of Golden Street, both located on Savannah's Westside.  The search warrants resulted in the seizure of large amounts of powder and crack cocaine, marijuana, weapons, U.S. currency, and the arrests of five (5) people.

In July 2013, the main distribution point for the origination moved from 305 Priscilla D. Thomas Way to 355 Priscilla D. Thomas Way.  Once established at the new location, CNT Agents continued purchasing various forms of controlled substances from the organization.

During the month of September 2013, CNT with the assistance of local and federal law enforcement agencies executed search warrants in connection with the organization throughout Chatham County, Georgia.  The search warrants resulted in the dismantling of the organization and the main distribution location, 355 Priscilla D. Thomas Way and the seizure of over 50 ounces of powder and crack cocaine, 2.8 pounds of marijuana, various prescription pills,10 firearms, $262,037.00 in U.S. currency, nine vehicles, and other assets.  Of the $262,037.00 seized during the search warrants, $217,683.00 was seized from a single residence marking the largest single money seizure in CNT's history. 

On September 25, 2013, the drug organization totaling 28 persons were indicted in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia.  CNT believes the organization as a whole was capable of obtaining and selling approximately 30 kilograms of cocaine over a ten month course with an estimated street value of up to 1.8 million dollars. 

"Dealers have become extremely destitute, and they are hurting," explained Everette Ragan, CNT Director. "The Chief said we take the money, we take down the organization. Take the guns off the street and we could save an agent's life, a police officer's life because those guys were loaded to bear."

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. 

The search warrant operations during the month of September would have been impossible without the assistance of: Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, SCMPD SWAT, SCMPD Aviation Unit, Garden City Police Department, Port Wentworth Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, United States Postal Inspector, United States Marshals Service.            

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