Sheriff: Criminal street gang used social media page to distribute narcotics

STAFF REPORT :::

Numerous arrests have been made in connection to a narcotics investigation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit conducted the investigation involving the alleged sell and purchase of marijuana and Schedule II narcotics through social media.

Search warrants were executed pertaining to this investigation allegedly involving activities of a gang identified as YNKE – Young Nig**as Killing Everything.

As a result, arrests were made alleging violations of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act and related crimes.

Officials say 15 known gang members were identified in the distribution of illegal narcotics with the proceeds funding gang activities in the local community.

Investigators also identified additional alleged gang members, as well as other non-gang members who allegedly purchased narcotics from YNKE using the same social media page.

Arrested were:

Darius Allen, age 25, who was charged with violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act and conspiracy to possess marijuana; Draylin Holland, age 21, who was charged with violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act and conspiracy to possess marijuana; Nova Barcus, age 22, who was charged with unlawful use of a telecommunication device for the commission of a crime; Robert Warnock, age 21, who was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana; Javarreis Reid, age 23, who was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana; Dawson Taylor, age 19, who was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana; Tavious Redding, age 20, who was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana; Reauarius Evans, age 26, who was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana; and Idarius Dennis, age 20, who was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana.

Still being sought are:

Jamarius Ponder, age 23, who will face charges of violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act, unlawful use of a telecommunication device for the commission of a crime; Michael Harris, age 24, who will face a charge of conspiracy to possess a Schedule II narcotic; Dijamiar Robinson, age 29, who will face a charge of conspiracy to possess marijuana; Tyson Parks, age 19, who will face a charge of conspiracy to possess marijuana; and Timothy Matthews, age 22, who will face a charge of conspiracy to possess marijuana.

Authorities say this investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.

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