More than 20 local residents arrested in major multi-agency drug roundup

Drug Bust
Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 10:09:34-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) - Authorities have arrested more than 20 people after a year-long investigation targeting drug sales both north Florida and southwest Georgia.

Bainbridge Public Safety's Criminal Investigation Unit along with the Cairo Police Department, the Thomas County Drug Unit, the U.S. Marshal's Office, and the Grady County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspects in the early morning hours of July 31.  

The arrests followed an 18-month long investigation that revolved around the sale and distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, molly, and flakka in southwest Georgia and north Florida.

Officials say the investigation started in the early part of 2017. Based on evidence found, investigators and arrested more than 20 people suspected of obtaining and selling controlled substances in southwest Georgia and north Florida on federal indictments.

BPS states the suspects arrested lived in the Bainbridge, Cairo, Thomasville, and Tallahassee areas.  

They say the majority of them were taken to the U.S. Courthouse in Albany for their prosecution while two other Florida suspects were taken into custody in north Florida and are being prosecuted by the DEA in Tallahassee. 

BPS says more indictments and arrests are expected in the near future. 

According to Bainbridge Public Safety Deputy Director Frank Green, the investigation was a successful because of the long hours put in by CPD, BPS, TCDU, DEA as well as the assistance provided by District Attorney Joe Mulholland and Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn of the South Georgia Judicial Circuit.