Authorities arrest dangerous gang members in Georgia
A multi-agency investigation led to the indictment of 46 people for association with gangs, drug trafficking and weapons
ATLANTA, Georgia – Authorities in Georgia announced on Wednesday the indictment of fifty people who are allegedly part of a dangerous network of organized crime that traffics drugs and operates in various parts of the state.
The “Caged Doves” operation culminated in the arrest of 25 suspects, of 46 accused of belonging to the “Rollin 20 Neighborhood Bloods” gang, including one of its leaders, identified as Ronald Elwood Chatman, who was arrested on Tuesday in Los Angeles , California, said the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Vic Reynolds, during a news conference.
State authorities are still seeking 21 of the defendants , some of them Hispanic, on charges ranging from trafficking in methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, to murder, assault and kidnapping, and for belonging to a criminal organization.
According to Reynolds, the gang operated in various counties in Georgia, including some in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including DeKalb and Gwinnett, as well as other locations around the country.
“In this state we are not going to tolerate criminal activity by street gangs, no matter where they are in Georgia,” warned the GBI director, adding that the “Rollin 20 Neighborhood Bloods” gang appears to have “a strong smell of the Los Angeles area ”.
The operation culminated a year-long investigation involving various government agencies, including the Spalding, Fayette and Upson County Sheriffs, as well as the Fayetteville and Griffin Police Departments.
“Our work is not done and we will continue to work hard to keep our residents safe and prosecute individuals who break the law. And we are going to follow them to where they are, ”warned Georgia Governor Brian Kemp at the press conference.