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5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring
More charges pending; more than 10 pounds of drug may be involved, agent says
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Tammy Yvonne Albright

Five people from across North Georgia were arrested Tuesday in the continued “dismantling of a local methamphetamine trafficking network,” authorities said, that is suspected of handling more than 10 pounds of the drug.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the White County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crystal Nicole Merrell, 28, of Cleveland; Justin Collin Clark, 34, of Helen; Tammy Yvonne Albright, 47, of Cleveland; Benjamin Louin Collins, 38, of Cleveland; and Angela Diane Green, 45, of Powder Springs.

“Based on our investigation, we suspect they’re trafficking methamphetamine from metro Atlanta north into the mountains including White County, Habersham County, Stephens County and Lumpkin County,” Howard said.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ken Howard said the first wave of arrests in the ring began in November and December in White County and Habersham County.

Additional arrests are pending.

“Historically, we’ve put about 10-plus pounds of crystal meth on the group in the past six months,” Howard said of the suspected network.

One gram of meth has a street value of $100; 10 pounds would be worth more than $450,000.

Green is charged with violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Albright is charged with violation of the RICO Act, conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of methamphetamine and illegal use of a communication facility. Collins is charged with violation of the RICO Act, conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possession of methamphetamine.

Clark is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Merrell is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

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