Sunday March 7th, 2021 4:25PM

Regional drug agents confiscate $20K in heroin at Alto residence

By AccessWDUN Staff
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North Georgia drug agents confiscated about $20,000 worth of heroin during a Wednesday raid on a home in Habersham County.

The Habersham County Sheriff's Office the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) executed a search warrant at 215 Cornwall Place in Alto. ARDEO said the Alto Police Department assisted in the raid. 

According to ARDEO Special Agent in Charge Trent Hillsman, agents found more than 160 grams of heroin during the raid. Hillsman said that is 40 times the trafficking amount in the state of Georgia. Estimated street value of the heroin was placed at $20,000. In addition, agents found scales, cutting agents and packaging materials, approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, various quantities of Schedule II and III narcotics (prescription pills) and drug paraphernalia. Agents also located four firearms during the search.

Hillsman said agents detained two suspects - Christopher Abbott, 35, and Brooke Hicks, 35 - both of Alto. Abbott and Hicks both face charges of trafficking heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute schedule II – III narcotics. Both were released at the scene, and Hillsman said he could not offer specific details on the arrests, citing the ongoing investigation. 

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell, who was present at the raid, said he anticipated more arrests in the case as the investigation continues. 

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