Saturday October 10th, 2015 12:14PM
11:23AM ( 51 minutes ago ) News Alert

Agents round up drug users, dealers in Operation Jingle Jail

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - Hall County drug investigators say they've rounded up more than 20 low to mid-level drugs users and dealers in their latest undercover operation, and they expect more will be jailed soon.

Lt. Scott Ware with Hall County's Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (MANS) said agents spent the last four months targeting suspected drug criminals all across Hall County. An undercover agent traveled the county making drug buys, according to Ware.

"Ranging from the middle of the city from the south side of town to the extreme northeast up to Lula near the Habersham County line," said Ware.

Ware said Thursday's round up, dubbed Operation Jingle Jail, initially targeted 30 suspects.

As of 1:00 p.m., 14 of the original 30 suspects along with eight other suspected criminals who happened to at the arrest sites, had been jailed.

While photos of the suspects were displayed at a press conference Thursday afternoon, Ware said a list of the suspects would not be released, since many of them were still at large.

Investigators with both the Hall County Sheriff's Department and the Gainesville Police Department joined with MANS officers in this latest crackdown on the county's drug users and dealers.

Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic said he hoped county residents would see the work that investigators had done and would understand that law enforcement is serious about eliminating drug use and trafficking.

"When you have larger scale operations like this...it gives visibility to the kind of work they've [investigators] been doing that the community might not always see," said Cronic. "Plus, when you have a large operation like this, it sends a strong message out to the people involved with illegal narcotics and distribution that operations like this will occur."

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly was also at Thursday's press conference and noted that the problem of illegal drug use encompasses all areas of Hall County.

"Drug use, drug sales are not selective in who they affect," said Kelly. "You have individuals from all walks of life, all races and ethnicities, all backgrounds, and if they make that poor decision to get involved in either a life of using or trafficking narcotics, then these...are the ultimate consequences in the choices they make."
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Govt. surplus auction set next month in Forsyth County
Next month, Forsyth County government will hold a surplus auction to clear out cars, trucks, mowers and other equipment that the county no longer needs.
12:10PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Accident on Highway 441 shuts down roadway
A head-on collision on Highway 441 Northbound has shut down both lanes of the highway.
11:23AM ( 51 minutes ago )
Union Co. FD mourns loss of pilot in Pickens Co. crash
The Union County Fire Department in northeast Georgia said that the pilot who was killed in a plane crash Thursday in Pickens County was a volunteer firefighter who had serve with the department for more than a year and a half.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:50AM ( 1 hour ago )
SCOGA to hear challenge by college students who are not U.S. citizens; court to meet in Ellijay
A number of college students who are not U.S. citizens are appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals decision that upheld the dismissal of their lawsuit by a Fulton County judge. The students are seeking a decision that they are entitled to in-state tuition at Georgia’s colleges and universities.
10:30AM ( 1 hour ago )
Fire damages southside Gainesville residence
Gainesville fire investigators are looking for the cause of a Friday night fire that damaged a vacant house on the southside of town.
9:10AM ( 3 hours ago )