Georgia’s Gang Prosecution Unit Secures A 52-Count Indictment In Fulton County

On Wednesday, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr today that the state’s new Gang Prosecution Unit had secured a 52-count indictment in Fulton County charging Chiquille Bell, Contrellis Books, and Marcus Thornton with Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Trafficking Oxycodone, Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and other drug and weapons offenses. 

These individuals allegedly participated in criminal gang activity, including the trafficking of narcotics, while associated with the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, a street gang based in Los Angeles, California, with a large presence in Atlanta. 

According to a press release from Carr’s office, the “indictment stems from Operation Heatwave led by the Atlanta Police Department (APD). This summer-long initiative brings together local, state, and federal law enforcement to target gangs, guns, and drugs in the most violence-prone areas of the city. In its second year, this 16-week effort spanned seven multi-agency operations and resulted in 96 arrests, including the apprehension of 41 suspected gang members, and the recovery of 62 guns.”

“In comparison to 2022, during this year’s Operation Heatwave, the multi-agency effort reduced: homicides by 24 percent, aggravated assault by 11 percent, and robbery by 40 percent. Year-to-date, overall violent crime in the City of Atlanta is down 21 percent, encompassing homicide (down 26 percent), aggravated assault (down 21 percent), and robbery (down 19 percent),” the press release added.

Carr also released a statement responding to the news.

“This indictment is further proof of the results we’re able to achieve when all levels of law enforcement come together to do one thing – protect the people of our state,” Carr said. “With Operation Heatwave, we continue to see meaningful outcomes that ultimately lead to safer streets and safer communities, and we’re proud to be a part of this effort alongside our partners at APD. When it comes to violent crime and gang activity, we will not look the other way, and those responsible will be held accountable.”

According to the press release, the defendants are facing the following charges:

Chiquille Bell (aka Santana), 28, of Atlanta:

  • 13 counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  • 2 counts of Trafficking Oxycodone
  • 1 count of Trafficking Amphetamine
  • 1 count of Trafficking Marijuana
  • 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine
  • 1 count of Deliver, Distribute, Dispense, and Sell MDMA
  • 1 count of Deliver, Distribute, Dispense, and Sell Marijuana
  • 2 counts of Possession of Drug Related Objects
  • 7 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • 7 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • 1 count of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
  • 1 count of False Report of a Crime

Contrellis Brooks (aka 1600 Pablo), 33, of Atlanta:

  • 3 counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  • 1 count of Trafficking Oxycodone
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • 1 count of Possession of Drug Related Objects
  • 5 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

Marcus Thornton, 34, of Atlanta:

  • 3 counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  • 1 count of Trafficking Oxycodone
  • 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine
  • 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
D & B Staff

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