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Authorities charge 3 men with drug dealing in 2 days
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Frank Carper

Three men were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute last week, with one Buford man charged with having $5,800 worth of methamphetamine on him when arrested.

All of them were caught by the Gainesville/Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad last Thursday and Friday. Two of the men are still in the Hall County Jail, one with an immigration hold.

Lawrenceville resident Robel Workie Getaneh has been released on a $30,200 bond after being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and felony possession of marijuana.

Court records said the 23-year-old had about 2 pounds of marijuana on him when arrested Friday. He was taken into custody by the MANS unit in the 900 block of Gainesville Highway in Buford, said Lt. Scott Ware, commander of MANS.

Getaneh was initially put on an immigration hold, but he is a naturalized citizen from Ethiopia and the hold was removed. According to Hall County court records, he had no prior charges. The records list his employment as a cashier at a restaurant. No attorney was listed, but Getaneh’s father said his son had an attorney.

Mohammad Nazir of Buford was also apprehended in the 900 block of Gainesville Highway in Buford, but the cases are unrelated, Ware said. Nazir, 29, was charged with having about 28 grams of meth worth nearly $6,000 in his possession when arrested Thursday.

He was charged with trafficking meth and possession with intent to distribute. Nazir also was wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for escaping during or prior to deportation from the U.S. He was placed on an immigration hold Friday.

Agents took Nazir into custody without incident, Ware said. The arrests of Getaneh and Nazir were both the result of undercover investigations.

Nazir has an alias of Mahbubur Rahman Miah and an alternate birthdate of June 6, 1982, court records show. The records also said he is employed as a clerk at a gas station and that he is hiring an attorney. He remains in the Hall County Jail.

Flowery Branch resident Frank Boyd Carper is also in the Hall County Jail with no bond. He was dealing with charges of marijuana and methamphetamine possession and obstruction stemming from an arrest late last year when he was arrested again Thursday on unrelated methamphetamine possession and obstruction charges.

Carper, 47, was charged with possession of $800 of methamphetamine and obstruction after a brief foot pursuit in the 3500 block of Freeport Drive in Flowery Branch, Ware said.

Carper was arrested in September of 2012 and was found to have meth and less than an ounce of marijuana in his possession. He was charged with marijuana possession in September and with meth possession in December, which stemmed from the September arrest. Ware said he was unaware of why Carper was not charged with the meth possession until December, but he was on a conditional bond. Court records said he is unemployed and Carper’s attorney is listed as Dan Sammons.