MACON, Ga. — An investigation into a multi-gang drug trafficking organization ended in an arrest for 24 people according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff David Davis says drug sales centered around several west Macon hotels.
Thursday afternoon, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis held a news conference and said his office partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the drug operation.
"From September to December of last year, we embarked on this investigation that we call "Operation Extended Stay," said Davis.
Davis says his office received 137 complaints about crimes involving drugs, sex offenses, and shots fired around hotels and motels in the I-475 and US 80 area.
Davis named some hotels and motels including the Bridgeview Inn & Suites, the Discovery Inn, and America's Best Inn.
He says deputies took more than 15 pounds of drugs like methamphetamine, marijuana, heroine, cocaine, and other drugs off the street. Davis says the drug business is evolving and they are seeing it more in hotel settings.
"You order some drugs and they'll deliver. We talk about Grubhub and Waitr. Well, you go from Grubhub to Drughub," said Davis.
Davis called Carlos "Chaz" Brown a high-level street seller who is charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and other drug charges.
The sheriff said Roderick Chester and Cartney Pitts were allegedly two mid-level drug distributors.
"It's devastating. It has a profound effect on a person's livelihood, on their family, and everything, so that's what we are trying to stem here," said Davis.
Sheriff David Davis says at least 10 of the people arrested are gang members. His office is still looking for one woman, Lori Harrell. She is wanted for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.
He says one of the mid-level dealers, Roderick Chester, is already in jail, charged with murdering his girlfriend.
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