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Macon District Attorney's Office files complaints against 3 Macon hotels

The office held a press conference Tuesday, saying the hotels are a hub for criminal activity, and the owners allow it to happen.

MACON, Ga. — The Macon District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that they've filed complaints against three west Macon hotels they say are "centers of frequent criminal activity."

In a news release, the office says they want a judge to declare each hotel a public nuisance and take further action against them.

The complaints stem from Operation Extended Stay, which was a collaborative investigation between the Bibb County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

More than 20 people were arrested in that drug investigation.

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The complaints were filed in Bibb County Superior Court regarding the following hotel companies, locations, and owners:

  • Castlestone LLC - America’s Best Inn and Suites (4991 Harrison Road), owned by Nitin Shah.
  • The Patel Company Inc. - America’s Best Value Inn and Suites (4951 Romeiser Drive), owned by Chinton Patel
  • Hira Rashmi Hotels Group Inc. - Econo Lodge Hotel (4709 Chambers Road), owned by Dilip Thakkar.

All hotels are within five to 10 minutes of each other near I-475 and Eisenhower Parkway.

The release says the complaints allege the owners are allowing their hotels to be more than just an annoyance to the public; they're allowing them to be a threat to public health and safety. 

The release says the hotels are "well-known centers of frequent criminal activity" that includes theft, robbery, and human and drug trafficking. 

There's been 46 individual incidents, investigations, or arrests at the hotels, according to the office. 

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