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15 suspects face drug, firearms charges after yearlong investigation
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Fifteen people face charges related to cocaine trafficking and firearms after a yearlong, multi-agency undercover investigation.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday the arrests of 12 of the 15 suspects after an investigation with the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gainesville Police Department.

Four suspects face federal charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

While searching one of the suspect’s residences, agents reportedly found 15 grams of crack cocaine, an ounce of synthetic cannabinoids and more than $10,000.

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in marijuana.

At the home of another suspect, authorities allegedly found three growing marijuana plants and a shotgun.

One suspect is charged federally with providing a firearm to a convicted felon, while another is charged with receiving a firearm while under indictment.

Five of the 15 suspects face state charges of selling cocaine.

“All suspects were arrested without incident and booked in at the Hall County Jail,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware wrote in an email. “Agents will continue to pursue investigative leads to ensure the arrest of the three suspects who have not been arrested.”

Ware did not have further information when contacted by The Times Wednesday.