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SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

2 terrorism suspects arrested in Ga.

2 terrorism suspects arrested in Ga.

ATLANTA -- FBI agents have arrested two Alabama men accused of plotting to wage violent jihad in Africa.

Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, both 25 and U.S. citizens, were arrested on terrorism charges.

Prosecutors say they planned to travel to Mauritania in West Africa to prepare to engage in jihad.

Wilson was arrested Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he prepared to begin a journey to Morocco. Abukhdair was arrested in Augusta at a bus terminal, where he was also beginning a trip to Morocco.

Investigators say the men met online two years ago when Wilson was living in Mobile and Abukhdair was living in Egypt. Last year, they were introduced to someone who turned out to be an undercover FBI operative. Court documents say they explained that they had already formulated a plan to wage jihad overseas.

Third man arrested in airport drug plot

Third man arrested in airport drug plot

ATLANTA -- Federal authorities have arrested the third Atlanta airport worker suspected of plotting to smuggle a bag filled with heroin and methamphetamine into the U.S.

Court records say that Luis Marroquin was arrested early Tuesday at a house in Coral Springs, Fla. Prosecutors also charged his girlfriend, Stephanie Baxter, with helping him try to escape the country and flee to Guatemala.

Two other Delta Air Lines workers, Carlos Springer and Kelvin Rondon, were arrested last week and charged with conspiring to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of drugs into the country on a January Delta flight from Mexico City.

Springer pleaded not guilty at a hearing this week. His bond was set at $150,000. Attorneys for the other defendants could not immediately be identified.

3 airline workers tried to smuggle drugs into Atlanta

3 airline workers tried to smuggle drugs into Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Federal authorities say three airport workers are accused of trying to bring heroin and methamphetamine into the U.S. on a commercial jet.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the workers are charged with conspiring to smuggle more than $500,00 of drugs into the country on a Delta Air Lines flight from Mexico.

Federal authorities say the case involves Delta Flight 364, which arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Mexico City on Jan. 13.

Carlos R. Springer, 41, was arrested Tuesday, while 27-year-old Kelvin Rondon of Atlanta was arrested Wednesday. The third suspect, 35-year-old Luis Marroquin, is still on the run.

All three suspects face charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and attempting to import methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S.

Man sentenced for smuggling

Man sentenced for smuggling

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A Fayetteville man has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison after being found guilty of smuggling.

Stephen Willoughby, 37, must also perform 100 hours of community service and spend three years on supervised released after his time in prison.

Investigators said Willoughby had a history of improperly declaring currency when he flew back to the United States after spending time abroad.

"This defendant attempted to smuggle excessive amounts of cash through [Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport] on two separate occasions," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "The laws requiring international travelers to declare more than $10,000 in cash when entering or leaving the United States serve to prevent money laundering and financing of a variety of illegal conduct. We will continue to vigorously enforce these laws."

College Park Police Department Informs Public on Drug Free Commercial Zone

College Park Police Department Informs Public on Drug Free Commercial Zone

College Park -  The College Park Police Department embarked upon a unique mission to alert the public about the newly adopted “Drug Free Commercial Zones” that encompass the city.  Friday, November 18, 2011 CP PD utilized a roadblock at the intersection of Herschel Road and Old National Highway to pass out informational flyers outlining the new laws associated with College Park’s “Drug Free Commercial Zone” designation.

Prior to the new law going into effect, CP PD posted a notice of the change in the law in the city’s legal organ, the South Fulton Neighbor.  The information was required to be posted for 3 consecutive weeks.  In addition, signs were placed around College Park’s entry points (city limits) and other strategic points.

Fulton County Police Partners with Federal DEA to kick off Prescription Drug Take Back

The Fulton County Police Department has partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative.  The initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds - 121 tons - of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Fulton County Police Department.

The Fulton County Police Department will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused,

and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, October 29, 2011  from

10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.