Ten arrested in GPD operation targeting alleged Crips “Penthouse”

GPD SIU Agent Chardannay Hurst bags money into evidence that was seized in an operation that targeted what investigators say is a Crips hangout and location of drug sales that funds gang activities.

GPD SIU Agent Chardannay Hurst bags money into evidence that was seized in an operation that targeted what investigators say is a Crips hangout and location of drug sales that funds gang activities.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: 

The Griffin Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit, with the assistance of the PD’s Special Response Team, which conducts high-risk SWAT operations, and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, on Thursday conducted an operation at 739 E. Central Ave., resulting in the arrests of ten individuals alleged to be Crips gang members and their affiliates.

According to SIU agent Chardannay Hurst, the operation’s case agent, the search warrant executed at the residence of Deandre Phinazee, one of the subjects arrested, but it targeted a location alleged to support a number of gang activities.

“That’s Deandre Phinazee’s house – all the utilities are in his name, so it’s his – but it’s also known on that side of town as The Penthouse, where people get together to party – drink, smoke and gamble,” she said. “That’s their hangout. A lot of times, they’ll leave a club and go to The Penthouse for an after party, but the Crips do sell drugs out of that house. That’s how they fund their gang.”

Arrested in Thursday evening’s operation were Phinazee, Bobbie McGhee, Montarius McCune, Alexander Yarbrough, Xenon Andrews, Torris Berry, Rontavious Brownlee, Brandon Sims, Tavares Fletcher and Darius Evans.

All ten men have been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and gambling.

Additionally, McGhee and Evans were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Phinazee was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving (a handgun) possession of drug-related objects and disorderly house.

Each of the ten men arrested will also be charged under Georgia’s Gang Act.

Hurst said two individuals managed to avoid apprehension, but described the operation as successful.

“We briefed that these guys are dangerous and will hurt us. The main thing was to get in, get the dope and take as many people into custody as possible,” she said. “Even though we had a couple of guys get away by going out a window, we were still able to hit our target and get some guns and drugs off the streets.”

Approximately 24.2 gross grams of cocaine was seized from The Penthouse along with thousands of dollars in currency and two firearms – a 9MM Sig Sauer that had been reported as stolen and a .40 caliber Desert Eagle.

“The 9MM Sig had been stolen during an entering auto case that had occurred over in Zone 2, on the south side of town,” Hurst said, adding that along with Phinazee, a number of the individuals arrested Thursday are convicted felons.

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  1. I am glad of this event, it proubly saved some childs life. GREAT

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