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SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Anthropology students and professors from the University of West Georgia recently staged a crime scene to help members of the Cartersville Police Department practice their forensic investigation skills.

Dr. Kerriann Marden with UWG's Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) organized the mock crime scene on Nov. 3. She and her students placed a combination of animal bone fragments and replica human bones, personal effects and decomposing animal tissue around a shallow grave.

"We try to stage the mock scenes as realistically as possible to allow law enforcement and other medicolegal professionals to experience the real challenges that they may encounter when recovering human remains -- scavengers, weather, insects, soil, odors, etc., as well as learning the basic archaeological skills," Marden said in a statement.

Police working to curb breaking and entering cases

Police working to curb breaking and entering cases

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Cartersville Police Department is offering several tips to residents to help them avoid becoming victims of car break-ins.

A recent rash of breaking and entering cases has left police concerned, according to Chief Thomas Culpepper.

In response, Culpepper and his team released a list of tips to follow to lessen the chance of becoming a victim:

  • Don't leave any valuables in the car, including cell phones, computers, loose change, jewelry and guns
  • Lock your car to make it harder for thieves to break in
  • Christmas is coming -- be sure to keep presents and shopping bags in the trunk and out of sight
  • Call 911 if you see a suspicious person looking into car windows
  • Thieves often hit the parking lots of gyms and workout centers; be extra careful when visiting such places

 

Couple arrested in prescription drug scheme

Couple arrested in prescription drug scheme

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Cartersville couple is behind bars, accused of forging prescriptions and filling them at area pharmacies.

Stephen Curtis Chapman and his wife Sarah were arrested this weekend, signaling the end of an investigation that began in July, according to Cartersville Police spokesman Lt. Mark Camp.

Camp said the Chapmans both worked at Floyd Urgent Care in Cartersville, which is how they had access to the patient records that they used to get the drugs.

Sarah Chapman is accused of forging prescriptions for her husband to fill at nearby pharmacies. Camp said Sarah Chapman duplicated patients' name and changed their dates of birth on the prescriptions.

Some of the drugs the Chapmans obtained included hydrocodone, Lortab, Soma and Adipex, Camp said.

Cartersville Police introduce online crime mapping

Cartersville Police introduce online crime mapping

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Police have launched a new initiative that will make it easy for residents to learn about crime in their areas.

The department teamed up with CrimeMapping, a service that creates interactive online maps that depict recent crimes.

CrimeMapping maps use icons to represent certain types of crimes, including DUI, robbery, assault and homicide. Clicking on an icon produces details about the crime.

"We believe this will be a very useful tool not only for the residents of Cartersville, but also for those looking to move to or do business within the city," Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said in a statement.

To check out Cartersville's map, visit crimemapping.com, click on Georgia and then choose "Cartersville Police."

Man arrested for Dollar Tree robbery

Man arrested for Dollar Tree robbery

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Police have arrested a man accused of trying to rob a Dollar Tree.

Cartersville Police spokesman Lt. Mark Camp said the suspect, 51-year-old Fletcher Kent, did not succeed in his attempt to rob the store on East Main Street.

Officers responding to the robbery found and arrested Kent at the Kroger across the street from the scene, Camp said.

Kent has been charged with attempted robbery and is being held in the Bartow County Jail.