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This man was pulled over because his tag light didn’t work. Now he faces human trafficking charges
Cordarrel William Blandburg
Cordarrel William Blandburg

Driving without a light illuminating his car tag brought a Gainesville man into the center of a sex trafficking investigation in Ellijay, according to authorities.

An Ellijay Police officer stopped Cordarrel William Blandburg, 26, around 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Old Highway 5 and Bobcat Trail after Blandburg allegedly didn’t dim his headlights and didn’t have a working tag light.

Blandburg told the officer he was driving his fiancee to the hospital “due to possible seizures,” said Ellijay Police Chief Ed Lacey. Police now believe that fiancee was instead a woman Blandburg was trafficking. 

“The officer followed them to the hospital where the passenger was turned over to medical staff as the officer continued his investigation,” Lacey said.

The officer discovered Blandburg had warrants from Clayton County for aggravated assault and obstruction and the man was driving without a license, police said.

As the officer continued to investigate, he found out Blandburg had “possible gang affiliations” and he was the “owner and enforcer” of the woman taken to the hospital, Lacey said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security are now working the case.

Blandburg was charged with trafficking a person for sexual servitude, participation in criminal street gang activity, driving without a license and not having a tag light.

He is being held at the Gilmer County Detention Center on $17,000 bond.

If a bond is posted, Blandburg must first return to the other jurisdictions that have charges against him.

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