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Law enforcement busts drug ring; woman charged with murder
Arrests result of investigation into overdose death
Ashley Sosebee
Ashley Sosebee
02102018 DRUGS
Law enforcement officials from Habersham and Franklin counties seized drugs and paraphernalia and made nearly two dozen arrests during a 5-month investigation into an overdose death. - photo by For The Times

Authorities charged one person with felony murder and others with violating the Georgia racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations statute after a five-month investigation into a Habersham County overdose death.

Adam Hicks died Sept. 18, which led members of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office to a heroin distribution ring in North Georgia.

“The investigation also uncovered additional people from Adam Hicks’ inner circle that were distributing heroin and oxycodone,” the drug enforcement office said in a news release.

Ashley Sosebee, 25, of Alto, was charged with felony murder. Authorities executed arrest warrants for Sosebee and six others for allegedly violating the racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations statute, including Patricia Blacklock, 20, of Gainesville, according to authorities.

Authorities searched five homes in Mt. Airy, Cornelia, Baldwin and Carnesville.

Arrest warrants were executed on 10 other people living across North Georgia, though one person has not been captured.

“Authorities have worked tirelessly to bring the people responsible for the death of Adam Hicks to justice. This investigation speaks loudly to opioid dealers that law enforcement will not sit idly on the sidelines as the people in our communities die,” the drug enforcement office said.