Police arrest 19 individuals, with several still fleeing, for trafficking heroin and cocaine in Spalding County

A drug investigation in Spalding County has resulted in the arrest of several individuals and the confiscation of a significant quantity of illegal drugs.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies, carried out search warrants at eight residences and one business. As a result of the investigation, 19 individuals were arrested, and authorities confiscated three vehicles and seven firearms.

During the investigation, law enforcement officials discovered a total of $9,287 in addition to significant quantities of various illegal substances including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl, marijuana, and opiates.

Sheriff Darrell Dix revealed that the organization was estimated to be trafficking around 6 to 8 pounds of cocaine per week, in addition to other narcotics and opiates. He emphasized the gang aspect of the investigation, as they were openly supplying significant amounts of cocaine and other drugs to verified members of the crip and blood gangs.

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Dix emphasized the importance of staying within the bounds of the law and making wise decisions to avoid the need for conversations that begin with an automated message from an inmate at the Spalding County Jail.

The Spalding County Jail has arrested, charged, and booked the individuals listed below:

    • Kenneth Artez Phinazee Jr, 47: Four counts of trafficking cocaine, four counts of sale of cocaine, five counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, five counts of possession of cocaine, trafficking methamphetamine), possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to sale cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act, eight counts of possession firearm by convicted felon, additional charges of Violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act are pending
    • Douglas Cornelius Burden Jr, 31: Trafficking cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, four counts of conspiracy to sell cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act. Fourteen counts of Violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang act are pending
    • Linda Nell Phinazee, 63: Conspiracy to traffic cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession firearm during the commission of a crime, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, Violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act , Four counts of Violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang act are pending
    • Ronald Dickerson, 72: Trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • Teion Davis, 28: Trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, Conspiracy to Purchase Cocaine, Violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act
    • Zachery Shannon, 67: Conspiracy to purchase cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • George Corbin Jr, 50: Conspiracy to purchase marijuana, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, Violation of Georgia R.I.C.O Act
    • Darrell James, 59: Unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • Shondrick Gray, 49: Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to purchase Cocaine, conspiracy to purchase marijuana, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • Carl Schurman, 62: Possession of cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • Darrell Marshall, 52: Conspiracy to purchase cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • Jason Ryan Foster, 42: Conspiracy to purchase cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, Violation of Georgia R.I.C.O Act
    • Phillip Matthews Sr, 67: Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine
    • Ray Davis, 70: Failure to maintain drugs in original container
    • Verdrick Tyus, 54: Trafficking Cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, two counts of Trafficking Schedule II narcotic, two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotic with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a schedule II narcotic, littering
    • Zaine Tyus, 21: Three counts of trafficking schedule II narcotic, three counts of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II narcotic, three counts of possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of crime, ten counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, four counts of felony obstruction of an officer, six counts of violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang act, theft by receiving stolen property
    • Taivion Pitts, 23: Theft by receiving stolen property, Violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act
    • Shavaurio Thomas, 20: Theft by receiving stolen property, Violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act
    • Deonte Henley, 34: Conspiracy to traffic cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
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The authorities are currently in search of the individuals listed below, who have outstanding warrants associated with the ongoing investigation operation:

Phillip Matthews Jr, aged 40, has been charged with conspiracy to purchase cocaine and the unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime.

    • Kenneth Lindsey, 58: Conspiracy to purchase cocaine, conspiracy to purchase marijuana, conspiracy to sell Schedule II narcotics, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime
    • Jaquavious Cotton, 31 : Conspiracy to purchase cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, Violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act
    • Demarkis Miller, 31: Unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, Violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act
    • Andre Dewayne Jester, 45: Unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, conspiracy to purchase Marijuana, Additional charges of Violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act are pending

Brandon Sims, 26, has a pending case involving charges of conspiracy to purchase marijuana, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, and two counts of violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act.

Willie Charles Barkley, 46, was involved in a conspiracy to purchase cocaine and was charged with the unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime.

Brian Keith Fuller, 45, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime, and violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act.

Gary Everette Lester, 45, was charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O Act, and unlawful use of a telecommunications device for the commission of a crime.

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