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40 RICO defendants among indictments
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 16, 2014 | 2573 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jones County grand jury convened last week to consider 26 bills of indictment, including one particularly large drug case with 40 defendants.

Jury members braved the weather to do their duty Jan. 7, which was a record-breaking day for cold temperatures across Georgia.

Forty individuals were indicted for two counts of violations of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. A total of 50 defendants were arrested, beginning Oct. 22, but 10 of them resolved their cases before the grand jury met last week.

Despite the number of defendants in the case, the case constituted but one bill of indictment.

In a story about the RICO arrests, Sheriff Butch Reece said Jones County began the drug investigation in August, focusing on Robert Olin Rosser, who lives in the northern portion of the county. He said sheriff departments in Putnam and Baldwin counties soon joined the investigation, and it later extended to the counties of Wilkinson, Washington, and Spalding.

Reece said the investigation revealed that persons from Jones, Baldwin, and Washington counties were traveling to Griffin and the metro Atlanta area to obtain meth and then returning to Middle Georgia to distribute it.

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