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13 arrested in Habersham gang investigation

A monthslong investigation in North Georgia led to 13 arrests, some of which “are associates and/or members of the criminal street gang Aryan Brotherhood,” according to authorities.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed two search warrants this week at two Habersham County residences, leading to charges related to firearms, narcotics and violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

“The ‘Aryan Brotherhood’ is a dangerous criminal organization that is involved in violence, firearms, and transportation of illegal narcotics,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Trent Hillsman wrote in a news release.

Nine people from Georgia and four from Tennessee were arrested in the search.

Eight of them were charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and the drug charges include methamphetamine and marijuana.

Hillsman said more suspects and charges are expected.

The drug enforcement office was assisted by the Baldwin Police, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Community Supervision and the GBI gang task force.