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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."

McDaniel's attorneys seek lower bond

McDaniel's attorneys seek lower bond

MACON, Ga. -- Lawyers for Stephen McDaniel are expected to ask a judge Tuesday to reconsider his bond.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against McDaniel, 26, a Mercer University law graduate who has pleaded not guilty in the June 2011 slaying of Lauren Giddings.

Giddings' torso was discovered wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside her apartment building.

31 arrested in “Operation Rake Eagle”

31 arrested in “Operation Rake Eagle”

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces that “Operation Rake Eagle” was an outstanding success.  On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, the DeKalb County Police Department made a substantial, concerted “sweep” effort in an attempt to find, arrest and incarcerate individuals who did not meet their obligations in DeKalb County Recorders Court.

Thirty-eight officers from Special Operations and Uniform Division conducted the sweep which included 462 outstanding warrants.  The officers made 31 arrests and $40,687 was collected as a result of those arrests.

SANDY SPRINGS | 2 arrested in Hammond Park shooting

SANDY SPRINGS | 2 arrested in Hammond Park shooting

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two men were arrested after police said they shot at a teenager at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs.

Chavis Baker, 24, and 26-year-old Terence Doe were taken into custody Tuesday morning at the United Inn & Suites on Memorial Drive in Decatur.

Sandy Springs Police spokesman Steve Rose said Baker got into an argument with 18-year-old Khalif Quashon Williams at Hammond Park at around 3 p.m. Monday. Baker shot at Williams, then left the park with Doe in Doe's Ford Explorer.

Witnesses gave the car's tag number to police, and officers determined the Explorer was registered to Doe's mother in Beaufort, S.C., which is also Baker's hometown. Doe's mother cooperated with police and gave them her son's address.

Police recovered the gun used in the shooting when they arrested Baker and Doe. The gun was reported stolen in South Carolina last year, Rose said.

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced a convicted pimp to 60 years in prison.

The jury returned its verdict Friday, finding Erik Djon Ferguson guilty on 16 counts, including pimping and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

Ferguson was allowed to make a statement in court.

Jury selection to begin for suspected pimp

Jury selection to begin for suspected pimp

DECATUR, Ga. -- A man accused of human trafficking is about to go on trial in DeKalb County.

Jury selection for the case of Erik Djon Ferguson will begin Monday. Ferguon was indicted on 17 felony counts, including a pimping a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Human trafficking has become a big issue not only in the greater Atlanta area, but across the nation," DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said in a statement. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."