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Dozens captured here in Georgia’s biggest gang bust ever

Operation Kibosh
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:51 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:19 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Authorities say 77 people have been indicted in Richmond County after a gang bust that’s being called the largest ever in the state.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp came to Augusta Friday morning to join in the announcement along with Sheriff Richard Roundtree and other local leaders from Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. to District Attorney Jared Williams. They made the announcement during a news conference at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s south precinct station on Mike Padgett Highway south of Bobby Jones Expressway.

The bust — dubbed Operation Kibosh — targeted the Ghostface Gangsters, a gang with activity that stretches across Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee and deep into the Georgia Department of Corrections. The gang is made up of white supremacists and gangster relatives.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says 56 of the 77 people indicted people have been arrested, plus 10 more have been arrested in raids.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Gov. Brian Kemp discuss a big gang bust during a...
Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Gov. Brian Kemp discuss a big gang bust during a news conference July 23, 2021.(WRDW)

Deputies say they’re seeking 21 more people.

The sheriff says the bust so far has been a monumental step in making Richmond County a safer place.

“We want the citizens of Richmond County to know that we will never relent as we continue to strive to make Augusta one of the safest cities in the state of Georgia,” Roundtree said at a news conference.

He also said that this is about reaching the younger generation and bringing in all community resources so that these gangs have nowhere left to hide.

The Ghostface Gangsters are currently trying to expand into neighboring states, and they are considered the fastest growing white gang in the country with approximately 5,000 members, authorities said.

“The gang’s culture, structure, leadership, chain of command, and all involved in the furtherance of this ongoing criminal enterprise have been charged,” the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Gang Intelligence Unit compiled information on 163 Ghostface Gangster members and associates in the Augusta-Richmond County area, and a 136-count indictment has been drafted alleging that 77 members and associates have been implicated in violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, the Georgia Racketeer Influenced Criminal Organizations Act and other violations.

“This is a continuation of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s and our state, local, and federal partners’ commitment to the disruption and dismantling of criminal street gangs in our community also targeting those that support and enable these criminal enterprises,” the sheriff’s agency said.

The suspects:

The charges:

  • Rex Allen Stewart Jr. (Counts 1-3, 26-33)
  • Cyndi Faye Bowen (Counts 1-3, 26-33)
  • Stephen Lee Carpenter (Counts 1-3, 118)
  • Dustin Ray Whited (Counts 1-3, 118)
  • Joshua C. Josey (Counts 1-3, 119)
  • David Bernard Horne Jr. (Counts 1-3, 12-13, 34-37)
  • Christopher J. Beatrice (Counts 1-3, 38-41)
  • Albert J. Wheeler Jr. (Counts 1-3, 4-11, 120)
  • Archie J. Thornton (Counts 1-3)
  • James Eugene Pitts Jr. (Counts 1-3, 121)
  • Cecil P. Herrin Jr. (Counts 1-3)
  • Heather Renee Studer (Counts 1-3, 52-53)
  • Ashley Nicole Alonso (Counts 1-3)
  • Jodie Lee Riley (Counts 1-3)
  • Elizabeth Sara Hagan (Counts 1-3)
  • Lindsey Bairfoot-johnson (Counts 1-3, 44-47)
  • Robert Blake Perdue (Counts 1-3, 122)
  • Dennis Lamar Wombles (Counts 1-3, 16-17, 123)
  • Sherie Elaine Harp (Counts 1-3)
  • Corey Nicolas Newman (Counts 1-3, 22-23, 124)
  • Steven Christopher Williams (Counts 1-3, 18-19, 66-67. 70-73. 78-95. 125)
  • Robert Carl Burnett (Counts 1-3)
  • William D. Bailey III (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Danny Williams (Counts 1-3)
  • Juanita Katherine Williams (Counts 1-3)
  • Carlton Hattaway (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Destiny Dawn Story (Counts 1-3, 84-95)
  • Constance Leigh Jackson (Counts 1-3, 90-95)
  • Priscilla Janette Hickox (Counts 1-3, 58-65)
  • William Tommy Chalker (Counts 1-3)
  • Rebecca Cheyenne Williams (Counts 1-3, 54-57 84-87, 90-95)
  • Donna E. Long (Counts 1-3, 84-87, 90-95. 112-113)
  • Kristopher Ty Armistead (Counts 1-3)
  • Andres Lopez-carmona (Counts 1-3, 20-21, 84-87)
  • Nicholas Noftsier (Counts 1-3)
  • Kristin N. Farr (Counts 1-3)
  • Kenneth Piper (Counts 1-3, 129)
  • Chris L. Weston (Counts 1-3, 74-75)
  • Franklin Cail Godbee (Counts 1-3)
  • Jessica Martin (Counts 1-3)
  • Benjamin Womack (Counts 1-3, 66-73, 76-77)
  • Clifford Ray Wilson (Counts 1-3, 130)
  • Jonathan Luke (Counts 1-3, 131)
  • Dylan Moore (Counts 1-3)
  • Robert Thomas Palmer (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • James Eugene Pitts Sr. (Counts 1-3, 110-111)
  • Sigman C. Pope (Counts 1-3)
  • Abenamar Rodriguez (Counts 1-3)
  • Sarah Wheatley (Counts 1-3)
  • Crystal Weeks (Counts 1-3)
  • Ronald Brandon Ostrihon (Counts 1-3)
  • Kyla Irena Deangelo (Counts 1-3, 14-15)
  • Nicole Marie Adkins (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Melissa Burbine (Counts 1-3, 104-109)
  • Jonas M. Fulmer (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Tiffany Irene Land (Counts 1-3)
  • Jessica Kate Francis (Counts 1-3, 42-43)
  • Willliam C. Bass (Counts 1-3)
  • Rondle Christopher Culpepper (Counts 1-3, 24-25, 126)
  • Matthew Brazell (Counts 1-3)
  • Caitlyn Pressley (Counts 1-3, 102-103)
  • Brandy N. Nichols (Counts 1-3)
  • Christopher Brown (Counts 1-3)
  • Jason Scott Douglas (Counts 1-3, 127)
  • Joshua Brock (Counts 1-3, 128)
  • Douglas Cline (Counts 1-3)
  • Jason Michael Hanson (Counts 1-3)
  • Zachary Parrish Marks (Counts 1-3)
  • Brian Thomas Myers (Counts 1-3)
  • Shawn Edward Demorest (Counts 1-3)
  • James Edward Devoti (Counts 1-3)
  • Michael Keith Devlin (Counts 1-3)
  • Aislynn Briane Hornsby (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Derrick Kenyatta Ruffin (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Crystal Mat Burkey (Counts 1-3, 84-87)
  • Jessie Clarence Goodwin Iii (Counts 1-3, 96-101)

The counts:

  • Count 63: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 64: Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Felony
  • Count 65: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 66: Trafficking a Person for Sexual Servitude
  • Count 67: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 68: Theft by Receiving Stolen Property – Government Property
  • Count 69: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 70: Trafficking a Person for Sexual Servitude
  • Count 71: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 72: Trafficking a Person for Sexual Servitude
  • Count 73: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 74: Theft by Receiving Stolen Property – Firearm
  • Count 75: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 76: Trafficking a Person for Sexual Servitude
  • Count 77: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 78: Trafficking a Person for Sexual Servitude
  • Count 79: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 80: Trafficking Methamphetamine
  • Count 81: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 82: Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Felony
  • Count 83: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 84: Aggravated Assault
  • Count 85: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 86: Kidnapping with Bodily Injury
  • Count 87: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 88: Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Felony
  • Count 89: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 90: Aggravated Assault
  • Count 91: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 92: False Imprisonment
  • Count 93: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 94: Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Extortion
  • Count 95: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 96: Aggravated Assault
  • Count 97: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 98: Aggravated Assault
  • Count 99: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 100: Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Count 101: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 102: Theft by Taking – Felony
  • Count 103: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 104: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
  • Count 105: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 106: Theft by Receiving – Motor Vehicle
  • Count 107: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 108: Possession of Drug Equipment
  • Count 109: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 110: Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Count 111: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 112: Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Count 113: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 114: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
  • Count 115: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Count 116: Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • Counts 118-136: Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

Participating agencies:

Richmond County Sheriff’s Gang Intelligence Unit/Narcotics Division, Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Gang Task Force (FBI), United States Marshal Service South East Regional Fugitive Task Force (USMS), Prosecuting Attorney’s Council (PAC), District Attorney’s Office, Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Rage Unit, Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, North Augusta Public Safety, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Community Supervision (DCS), Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), Burke County Sheriff’s Office and with support from the Augusta University Operational Medicine.

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