Federal Gun and Drug Actions Lead to Dozens of Georgia Arrests

 The Biden administration has tried to showcase federal, state and local efforts to get guns and repeat shooters off the streets. As reported, “guns have been at the center of the debate as the nation grapples with homicides that spiked nationally in 2020 and as recent polls showed that Americans are increasingly concerned about crime.”

In what has been referred to as a “blitz of arrests,” a few days ago federal authorities announced arrests and indictments “against more than 100 people charged with gun and drug crimes in three U.S. states.” Focused activity by federal prosecutors and FBI agents was in southern Georgia, where 76 people were indicted with involvement in what authorities called “a gang-related network that distributed methamphetamine, fentanyl and other illegal drugs. Authorities called it the largest indictment ever filed in the 43-county Southern District of Georgia.” Arrests and indictments were also brought by the Justice Departments in West Virginia and New York. Greater attention seems to have been paid to violent crime involving firearms.

In a statement made by Jermaine Deans, the assistant agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office, the FBI “sent SWAT teams and agents from Atlanta and neighboring South Carolina and Florida Wednesday to help round up more than 30 suspects in coastal Brunswick and surrounding Georgia communities. Many of those charged were already incarcerated. Authorities disclosed that “nine people charged in the indictment remained at large.

As reported, among those indicted in Georgia included “a prison guard accused of assisting with drug dealing among inmates and two men charged with selling fentanyl and methamphetamine that resulted in three overdose deaths.” A statement perhaps belaboring the obvious, U.S. Attorney David Estes of the Southern District of Georgia, asserted: “Make no mistake, illegal distribution of illegal drugs is not a victimless crime.”

D & B Staff

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