Three of four people indicted for alleged heroin distribution around North Georgia were arraigned Friday, according to court documents.
Michelle Dawn Dorsey, 45, of Demorest, Nigel Alan Waddell, 28, of Cornelia, and Tyler Josiah Matthews, 26, of Cleveland, entered not guilty pleas Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller. The fourth co-defendant, Derrik Omar Frazier, 42, of Stone Mountain, pleaded not guilty on July 20.
“The indictment brought against these defendants is the result of a two-year, joint federal-state investigation by law enforcement to take down a significant heroin distribution network operating between communities in North Georgia and the Atlanta area,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn in a news release. “Heroin and fentanyl are poisoning our communities, and the overdoses and deaths are climbing in truly alarming numbers. Our office, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, are taking a strong stance against those who deal heroin and opiates.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, two heroin users were revived by Naloxone after overdosing on heroin allegedly obtained from Dorsey. The alleged distribution of heroin came in White and Habersham counties.
The case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff’s offices in White, Lumpkin, Towns, Banks, Habersham, Stephens, Rabun and Franklin counties.