Major Meth Bust: Gilmer County Authorities Dismantle Trafficking Ring

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Confiscated drugs and items

In a significant operation on Friday, March 15, 2024, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) deputies carried out a traffic stop that yielded a major breakthrough in the fight against drug trafficking. Approximately 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, along with $3,200 in cash, were seized during the operation, leading to the arrest of three individuals and the dismantling of a drug trafficking organization.

The operation was a result of vital information obtained from a long-term, multi-county drug investigation conducted by the GCSO task force agents, in collaboration with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, GBI ARDEO (Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office), FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS).

Those arrested in connection with the bust include Kenneth Lee Greene, 53, Randy Nathaniel Greene, 38, and Abbigayle Marie Owens, 19. They face charges including Trafficking in Methamphetamines, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and Possession of Marijuana.

Furthermore, information obtained during the operation led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Pickens County by CMANS. This subsequent search resulted in the seizure of over 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, approximately $20,000 in cash, two firearms, and several vehicles, including a Chevrolet 2500 pickup, a Haulmark enclosed trailer, and a Chevrolet Camaro. Donna Hyatt of Pickens County has been charged with drug-related offenses as a result of the search.

Sheriff Nicholson commended the collaborative effort, stating, “This investigation netted approximately 19 kilograms (roughly 40 pounds) of methamphetamines and is a shining example of great investigative work as well as interagency cooperation between the Appalachian corridor Sheriff’s Offices of Gilmer, Fannin, Pickens, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. My congratulations to all on an excellent case.”