SCSO lends hand in GBI operation that dismantles major drug trafficking organization

The Stephens County Sheriff's Office, as a member agency of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), assisted in a year-long investigation that netted 48 arrests.

North GA (July 10, 2020) – After an extensive 11- month local, state, and federal joint investigation, 48 men and women have been arrested on the Violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and will be charged on numerous drugs and weapons offenses, spanning the Northern District of Georgia into the metro Atlanta area. 

From August 2019 to the present, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Major Offender’s Task Force in conjunction with the Hall County District Attorney’s Office has been conducting an investigation into the drug trafficking organization of Luther Troy Summerfield, age 43, Alejandro Ceja-Solano, age 40, and others.

During the course of the investigation, agents in coordination with local deputies from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, the White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland Police Department, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office learned that Summerfield purchased and distributed kilograms of methamphetamine from Ceja-Solano.

Information obtained from numerous hours of investigation also revealed that Summerfield traveled to Ceja-Solano’s residence to obtain drugs and traveled to the metro Atlanta area to obtain heroin and methamphetamine, either facilitated by Ceja-Solano, or another source of supply. 

Throughout the investigation, police executed approximately 12 search warrants yielding the following:

  • Approximately 50 kilograms of methamphetamine

  • Approximately ½ kilogram of heroin

  • Approximately 20 firearms

  • Approximately $70,000 in cash

  • Approximately 6 vehicles

The following individuals were arrested:

  1. Tanya Lynn Allison, age 48-arrested

  2. Katlynn Marie Beaucaire-arrested

  3. Richard Daniel Burkett-arrested

  4. Dulcey Burton, age 51-arrested

  5. Alejandro Ceja-Solano-arrested

  6. Jose Alfredo Miranda Chavez-already in custody

  7. Jessica Marie Clark, age 28-arrested

  8. Noah Coker-in prison

  9. Mark Coker-arrested

  10. Joshua Collins- already in custody

  11. Kevin Cosper-arrested

  12. Robyn Samantha Dost, age 27-arrested

  13. Chelsea Dover, age 30-arrested

  14. Shelbi Eanes, age 25-arrested

  15. Juan Antonio Flores-custody in Gwinnett

  16. Brandi Nicole Freeman-arrested

  17. Jory Gee, age 33-arrested

  18. Roger Dale Gerrin, age 62-arrested

  19. Robert Green- already in custody in Lumpkin

  20. Dexter Grier, age 40-arrested

  21. Nucoma Grindle, age 42-arrested

  22. Dustin Floyd Groves- arrested

  23. Terry Harris, -arrested

  24. Christy Deresia Hedden-arrested

  25. Jerry Lee Helton-arrested

  26. Crystal Marie Herrin-arrested

  27. Brooke Barron Hicks-arrested

  28. Christopher Jackson, age 33-arrested

  29. Kimberly Ann Kennedy-arrested

  30. Richard Jason Maddox-arrested

  31. Marinela Romeiro Marquez-arrested

  32. Pablo Martinez-already in custody

  33. Shayna Millwood-arrested

  34. Allie Murray-arrested

  35. William Harrison Nicely-arrested

  36. Ashley Parker- already in custody

  37. Joshua Ray Phillips- custody already

  38. Kirstie Purvis-arrested

  39. Brianne Ross Rummell-already in custody

  40. Michael Rummel-arrested

  41.  Coty Anthony Sanders-arrested

  42. Jeffrey Shane Seabolt—arrested

  43. Erin Sexton-arrested

  44. Jessie Elaine Smith-arrested

  45. Seantal Tiffany Smith-arrested

  46. Luther Troy Summerfield-arrested

  47. Delores Thomas –arrested

  48. Anthony Williams-in custody

The street value associated with all the drugs seized is approximately $705,000.00.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following agencies: White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Towns County Sheriff’s Office, Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, Toccoa Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI’S Major Offender’s Task Force consists of the Gainseville Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office the Georgia Department of Corrections, the GBI, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Winder Police Department, and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

The Alto Police Department assisted with this investigation as well.

This investigation is an example of the value of interagency cooperation.  Because of the strong, existing relationships between the participating agencies, agents were able to share intelligence and coordinate the dismantling of a complex drug trafficking organization.  Although numerous arrests have been made and evidence seized, the investigation continues, and additional arrests are expected.


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