Tuesday April 23rd, 2024 10:51AM

Man facing new charges after record-breaking Towns Co. fentanyl bust

By Caleb Hutchins Assistant News Director

A Young Harris man who was arrested earlier this month for possession of fentanyl is now facing new charges after authorities seized dozens more grams of the illegal drug.

Gregory Thomas Breitenbach, age 44, was arrested on Feb. 7 at a home on Byron Road just off of Ga. 66 when authorities recovered 2.7 grams of fentanyl.

In a new social media post by the Towns County Sheriff's Office Thursday, authorities said a follow-up investigation at the home led to the discovery of more than 30 more grams of fentanyl.

"It was determined that Breitenbach had observed deputies entering the driveway and threw drugs out of the back window of the residence," Thursday's post said. "Investigators returned to the residence and hit the jackpot, seizing a large 33-gram brick of pure fentanyl."

Officials said that brick was the largest amount of fentanyl ever seized in Towns County. The investigation also yielded heroin and Xanax.

Investigators said they believe Breitenbach was breaking down the brick and packaging it in small baggies for distribution. He is facing several new charges including trafficking of fentanyl and heroin.

Breitenbach is being held in the Towns County Detention Center.

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