BREAKING NEWS: Large scale SCSO narcotics case nets nearly 50 suspects


SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office – in a joint operation involving multiple cooperating law enforcement agencies – has arrested nearly two dozen people in connection to an alleged large-scale narcotics trafficking operation in Griffin.

According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, nearly three dozen additional suspects are also wanted in this case.

“We are going to obtain warrants for 33 other people We have identified 33 other offenders and over the next few weeks, we’ll be obtaining warrants for them,” Dix said in an exclusive interview with The GRIP. “That makes a total of 47. What we wanted to do, those were the people who were selling the most – distributing the most – so we went ahead and got them.”

The operation was months in the making, but kicked off in earnest in March, when the SCSO Special Operations and CAGE units began an investigation into cocaine distribution in Spalding County.

Authorities say the investigation targeted a Griffin man, Kyle Duffey, and his organization that operated out of the area of North 15th and Hammock streets inside the city of Griffin.

Investigators soon determine several other jurisdictions were affected by this alleged narcotics distribution ring. As the SCSO investigation expanded, agents contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s West Metro Drug Unit and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.

Arrest warrants for Kyle Duffey were ultimately obtained.

Investigators on March 28 followed Duffey to Meriwether County. Agents say he met a supplier in Woodbury, where he allegedly picked up cocaine ordered earlier that same day.

Agents followed Duffey back into Spalding County where SCSO Special Operations and CAGE unit personnel along with troopers of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post conducted a traffic stop.

The Sheriff’s Office says Duffey did not immediately pull over, instead continuing to drive “a short distance” before stopping. While he continued driving, agents say Duffey tossed cocaine from his vehicle, which they recovered.

“It was about three ounces. It was more than three times the amount to be trafficking. It’s what he ordered; it’s what he picked up; and it’s what he threw out the window,” Dix said of the discarded drugs.

Duffey was taken into custody and transported to the Spalding County Jail where he continues to be held without bond.

As the investigation continued, on April 17, agents of the Henry County S.O. Narcotics Unit and SCSO Special Operations and CAGE units followed Clarence Murray and his wife, Felicia Murray, from their Henry County residence into Spalding County, where a traffic stop was conducted on their vehicle.

Arrest warrants had already been obtained for Clarence Murray’s on charges of sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Upon searching his vehicle, agents reported locating a trafficking quantity of cocaine.

Both Clarence and Felicia Murray were arrested and transported to the Spalding County Jail.

Felicia Murray was released on bond last week, but Clarence Murray remains in custody.

“They were some of Duffey’s suppliers. Clarence Murray in particular was one of his suppliers,” Dix said.

Both Murrays face additional charges in Henry County based on additional narcotics, a firearm and cash reportedly seized upon the execution of a search warrant at their Henry County residence.

After the arrests of Duffey and Clarence and Felicia Murray, the GBI concluded its end of the narcotics operation with the execution of multiple search and arrest warrants in Meriwether County.

Those law enforcement actions involved the GBI West Metro Drug Unit, SCSO, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and LaGrange Police Department, leading to the arrest of three suspects related to distribution and trafficking of methamphetamine and cocaine.

The GBI reported seizing cocaine with an approximate street value of $10,000, methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $5,000, a quantity of marijuana, three firearms and approximately $40,000 in U.S. currency.

Nearly two weeks later, the SCSO Special Operations, CAGE and Fugitive Apprehension units, with assistance from the GBI West Metro Narcotics Unit, served search warrants at multiple residences that resulted in the arrests of 14 additional suspects.

“As of this moment between the agencies involved, 10 search warrants have been executed leading to the seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine. 11 vehicles and $69,874.00 in currency has also been seized pending the outcome of asset forfeiture proceedings,” Dix said. “This investigation is still active here and in other jurisdictions. Here locally, in the coming weeks the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and CAGE Agents will be obtaining arrest warrants for 33 more now identified individuals. Their charges will range from possession of cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device, and violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act if we can show gang ties with any of these individuals.”

Dix later elaborated on the possibility of gang charges.

“We are still looking into that. We know that some of them are affiliated with gangs, but we have to be able to prove they were working on behalf of or in the furtherance of a gang. As we continue on, those are the kinds of things we’ll be able to hash out,” he explained.

Dix said this operation should send a message that his agency will go wherever needed to eradicate illegal narcotics in the community.

“This just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where it’s at. If it’s affecting Griffin and Spalding County, we are going to go there,” he said.

When asked to describe the affect this narcotics operation may have, Dix said, “I would say it is here locally quite a significant operation because of Kyle Duffey, because he has been a problem here in this community for quite a while. I want to say that I know he’s been arrested multiple times, but I believe he’s only served time once and it wasn’t a significant amount of time. It seems like he’s always had people take the rap for him, but in this case, that’s not going to happen. It is going to have a significant impact on our local cocaine trade.”

He said he is hopeful this case will result in Duffey’s long-term removal from the drug trade.

“Hopefully with what he is now facing he will stay caught for a while. In the months leading up to this investigation our main focus had been on methamphetamine distribution and gang activity in Spalding County. We shifted focus with this investigation to let our local cocaine dealers know that we haven’t forgotten about them,” Dix said. ““The investigation started here with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and ended up as a cooperative effort between the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder and her staff, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s West Metro Drug Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office-Sheriff Keith McBrayer, Butts County Sheriff’s Office-Sheriff Gary Long, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office-Sheriff Chuck Smith, Troup County Sheriff’s Office-Sheriff James Woodruff, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office-Sheriff Lenn Wood, Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, and LaGrange Police Department. All the Investigators, Agents, Deputies, and Officers involved in this investigation worked hard and did an outstanding job. Sharing information, working closely together, and bringing other agencies on board as the investigation progressed resulted in a bigger impact on cocaine and methamphetamine distribution in all of the jurisdictions involved.”

Thus far, arrests in this operation include:

Kyle Andra Duffey, age 41, who is charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, conspiracy to sale cocaine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device, three counts of sale of cocaine, three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, three counts of possession of cocaine, trafficking cocaine and abandonment of a dangerous drug;

Clarence Murray, age 46, who is charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act, unlawful use of a telecommunications device, trafficking cocaine, sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute;

Felicia Murray, age 46, who is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine;

Warren Horton, age 57, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Barbara Goodrum, age 62, who is charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Brent Jones, age 43, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Jerald Bolen, age 35, who is charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Willie Foster, age 61, who is charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Mary Harris, age 60, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Matthew Goins, age 31, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Larisma Milner, age 28, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Paula Parker, age 52, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device;

Vincent Jones, age 50, who is charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine and unlawful use of a telecommunications device; and

Zachary Van Edwards, age 60, who is charged with party to the crime of trafficking cocaine and party to the crime of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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