Nine people accused of running an elaborate multi-million dollar money laundering and drug-trafficking operation in Maysville have been arrested.
Banks County authorities said on Wednesday, June 4, the nine accused have been indicted on charges of violating the Georgia Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (R.I.C.O.) Act for offenses involving the sale and distribution of prescription medication and money laundering in the north Georgia region.
According to a press release on Wednesday, from the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, the criminal ring is suspected of operating in the area for several years. The head of the operation is believed to be Brian William Craig of Maysville. Craig is currently serving a 12-year sentence with the Georgia Department of Corrections for drug violations out of Hall County.
Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed said, “Agents of the Appalachian Drug Task Force and deputies from our office conducted a search warrant at the home of Brian and Amanda Craig on January 9 of this year. Several pieces of valuable evidence and proceeds of the crimes were seized, leaving the investigators to follow a long and exhausting paper trail ever since.”
“The investigators involved have conducted multiple search warrants on doctor’s offices over the past several months. Numerous people have been interviewed and a lot of time has gone into the investigation in regards to tracking the evidence against those involved,” Speed added.
Late last month, the District Attorney’s Office for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit and agents of the Appalachian Drug Task Force presented the facts of the case to a Banks County Grand Jury. Each of the accused individuals was indicted on eight counts of the Georgia R.I.C.O. Act.
Task force agents and deputies of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office carried out the arrests after receiving the bench warrants from the Piedmont Superior Court.
As of the time of the press release, those indicted were:
•Brian William Craig, Maysville
•Maggie Jeannette Craig, Homer
•Amanda Elaine Craig, Maysville
•Justin David Hollis, Toccoa
•Alford Quinton Childs, Nicholson
•Anthony Shane Crumley, Maysville
•Robert Joseph Fields, Lula
•John David Clark, Cleveland
•Devon Cain Ledford, Commerce
The bond was set at $20,000 for each person indicted.
Speed said, “This has been a great example of the reasoning behind us (BCSO) joining a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) commanded task force. They have the expertise and resources that an agency of out size cannot afford on our own.”
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