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Drughub: Bibb County, FBI bust 20+ suspects in hotel drug-dealing operation

The FBI investigation centered on several hotels near the I-475 / US 80 area
Credit: WMAZ

MACON, Ga. — The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested more than 20 people after a drug investigation that centered on several west Macon hotels.

Sheriff David Davis said the investigation started last year after more than 100 complaints about various crimes at several hotels in the Interstate 475-US 80 area.

Davis said the arrests also took more than 15 pounds of meth, heroin, marijuana and other drugs off the street.

The FBI collaborated in the investigation, which Davis called Operation Extended Stay.

He said their goal is to move the 20-plus suspects into "extended stay" jails and prisons.

Some of the businesses named by Davis: America's Best Inn, Bridgeview Hotel, Discovery Inn, Econo Inns & Suites and the Rodeway Inn.

Davis said they received 137 complaints over several months for drugs, shots fired, suspicious persons, sex offenses and other crimes at those and other hotels.

"The drug-selling business has evolved. We're seeing it more and more in the hotel settings," he said.

Drug dealers are operating less in neighborhoods, he said, because "the neighbors don't stand for it."

He also said dealers are becoming more mobile: "If you buy drugs, they'll deliver it."

Instead of meal-delivery services like GrubHub, he said, "We're talking about DrugHub."

Davis identified one of the suspects, Carlos "Chaz" Brown, as a high-level dealer.

One of the mid-level dealers, Roderick Chester, is already in jail, charged with murdering his girlfriend, Davis said.

Those arrested in the operation were identified as:

  1. Robert Lee Whisby Jr.- Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine – warrant
  2. Carlos Chaz Brown - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine
  3. Albruce Green Sr. - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Fleeing and Eluding
  4. Shauna Morgan Bush - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  5. Kevon Dewayne Amica - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  6. Roderick W. Chester - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine warrant
  7. Milton Hill Jr. - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana with Intent
  8. Johnie Barfield - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  9. Cartney J. Pitts - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  10. Keyundre R Stafford - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Trafficking Heroin, Poss. Meth with Intent
  11. Joshua L. Barham - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  12. Ray Anthony Kendrick - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  13. Robert Lee Whisby III - Possession of Marijuana with intent, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  14. Corey R. Freeman – Possession of Marijuana with intent, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  15. Tamera L. Fryer - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  16. Stephanie D. Davis - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  17. Kyra L. Williams - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  18. Theon Curtis Robinson - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  19. Morley Wayne Culver - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  20. Rodney L. Morris Sr. - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  21. James Bradley Harrell - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  22. Melvin Chavez Cason - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  23. Troy Faulk - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  24. Dione M.Veal Sr - Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  25. Lori Delois Harrell - Currently in the Gwinnett County jail on other charges. Bibb County Investigators will serve warrants on her.

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