Huge Sting Operation Leads To 76 Arrests

( The Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted 76 people in Georgia in what officials are describing as one of the largest-ever indictments in the state, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

According to US Attorney David Estes, the newly unsealed federal indictment, USA v. Alvarez et. al, describes a massive drug trafficking investigation into the Ghost Face Gangsters white supremacist criminal gang, and includes allegations of multiple deaths from illegal drug overdoses.

Estes said investigators took two years to identify the defendants who were trafficking drugs in Georgia counties, including Glynn, Pierce, Camden, Wayne, Treutlen, McIntosh, Toombs, Telfair, Dodge, and Ware.

According to the indictment, the drug trafficking ring operated both inside and outside state prison facilities with the help of at least one compromised corrections officer who was working with one of the conspiracy leaders who is serving a life sentence for murder.

The criminal conspiracy involved members of the Ghost Face Gangsters as well as affiliates of the Aryan Brotherhood, Bloods, and Gangster Disciples, according to officials.

Estes said the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for the primary conspiracy charge and could face up to life in prison, as well as significant financial penalties and a period of supervised release.

According to the indictment, each defendant named in USA v. Alvarez et. al is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of fentanyl, heroin, and alprazolam.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, two of the defendants named in the indictment were also charged with the distribution of illegal drugs (fentanyl and methamphetamine) that resulted in the drug overdose deaths of three people.

According to David Estes, in addition to the federal charges, the more than three dozen additional defendants will face prosecution on state charges due to the investigation.