14 arrested in alleged meth ring

The investigation of a methamphetamine distribution “network” has netted 14 arrests and is continuing, according to local and regional authorities.

Agents of the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force, along with deputies from Gilmer, Pickens and Fannin County Sheriffs’ offices, and officers from Ellijay and Jasper police departments, probation officers and district attorney investigators conducted a “round-up” operation on Sept. 6, serving arrest warrants on individuals involved in the ongoing methamphetamine investigation. 

Thirteen individuals were taken into custody and have been charged with conspiracy to violate the Georgia controlled substances act (VGCSA) and use of a communication device to facilitate a drug transaction.

Those charged are: 

﹣ Eddie Hernandez Adame, 34, 589 Spaulding Court, Ellijay

﹣ Brittany Elaine Alexander, 31, 465 Ray Mountain Road

﹣ Charles Adam Bentjen, 35, P.O. Box 1237, East Ellijay

﹣ Jessie Ethan Bradburn, 28, 95 Camber Court, Ellijay

﹣ Austin Dakota Lee Burgess, 21, 150 Holt Road, Ellijay

﹣ David John Cates, 58, 180 Wedowee Court, Ellijay

﹣ April Lynn Defoor, 33, 238 Oak Hill Road, Ellijay

﹣ Tonya Longrey Garrett, 44, 307 Banks Road, Ellijay

﹣ Joseph Mann (Cherokee County jail)

﹣ Joseph William Price, 34, 168 Crossroads Lane, Ellijay

﹣ Daniel Lee Rittenberry, 39, 1884 Roundtop Road, Ellijay

﹣ Brandon Wayne Sanford, 32, 137 Parris Road, Ellijay

﹣ David Todd Stewart, 43, 1628 Thomason Road, Talking Rock

﹣ Charles Bryson Timms, 18, 3291 Old Highway 5 South, Ellijay

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