Additional arrests expected after drug investigation

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Sheriff's Offices in multiple Georgia counties operated a drug investigation throughout twelve counties.

The investigation began in June of 2013 and quickly extended to Washington County and other surrounding areas. People were traveling to Griffin and the metro Atlanta area to get the methamphetamine and returning to distribute the drugs in Washington, Jones, Baldwin, Putnam, and Wilkinson Counties, according to a release. As the investigation progressed, it reached Jasper, Bibb, Butts, Monroe, Clayton, and Cobb Counties.

The release states one surveillance monitored a three hundred mile round trip from Washington County to Cobb County. On that run, investigators intercepted and seized approximately a quarter pound of methamphetamine in Washington County. The investigation also led to the discovery of cellular telephones inside two Georgia prison facilities, and to the identification of one offender who was arranging drug transactions from inside the prison, through the use of a cellular telephone.

On Oct. 22, search warrants were put out in Washington, Jones, Baldwin, Putnam, Wilkinson, and Spalding Counties. Several firearms, vehicles, a quantity of marijuana, and a quantity of methamphetamine were located in two Washington County search warrants. Additionally, Washington County deputies conducted a traffic stop in relation to the investigation was conducted in September, yielding approximately four ounces of methamphetamine.

Arrested and charged in Washington County were Karl Smith of Tennille, Georgia, and Bennie Aycock of Oconee, Georgia. Karl Smith, 41, was charged with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Bennie Aycock, 65, was charged with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to distribute, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.

The investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are expected.

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