Massive drug operation in Douglas County torn up by deputies

- After a two month investigation, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office shuts down a methamphetamine distribution ring.

Investigators said in 60 days, the group distributed fifty pounds of meth, that is nearly 50,000 street-level dosages.

In February the Douglas County Sheriff's Office got a tip a meth ring was operating in the county. That tip led to the arrests of 18 people in Douglas, Fulton and Cobb counties.

"As a result of this investigation we were able to recover approximately three pounds of meth, some small amounts of marijuana. Approximately 20,000 in U.S. currency, 7 vehicles, and we're in the process of seizing a home," said Sgt. Jesse Hamrbick, Douglas County Sheriff's Office/

Sgt. Hamrbick said most of the individuals are charged with racketeering.

"We have reason to believe this group is responsible for the distribution of some fifty pounds in a sixty day period, that's the equivalent of around a pound a day so that's a pretty substantial arrests," said Sgt. Hamrbick

Investigators were only about to seize three pounds which kept 2500 doses from hitting the streets.

"We do, like other outlining metro Atlanta areas, have a problem with that particular drug. So we consider it a priority, it's a nasty drug. Atlanta is the hub for distribution on East Coast," said Sgt. Hamrbick.

Sgt Hambrick said this investigation is not over and he expects more seizures and more arrests in the near future.

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