Fayette Sheriff’s Department nabs $101K in metro Atlanta seized drug money

Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah holds the federal check for over $101,000, part of seized drug forfeiture funds resulting from a combined local and federal investigation. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department last week received thanks from federal officials and $101,000 as its share of drug money seized after an 18-month-long joint investigation into drug cartels operating in the Atlanta area, according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Besides the Fayette S.O., other agencies sharing in $1.6 million in seized drug money were the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, Ga. Department of Public Safety and the Lawrenceville Police Department.

“These monies are derived from assets forfeited and/or seized in Operation Grand Finale, an 18-month-long investigation wherein the many varied law enforcement agencies worked together to disrupt a major cell of a Mexican cartel, a notoriously violent drug trafficking organization, and took a major step towards eradicating a significant threat to our economic and national security,” said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian D. Lamkin of the Atlanta FBI office.

“During this investigation, agents and officers have seized approximately 581 kilograms of cocaine, approximately 219 pounds of methamphetamines, and approximately $3.5 million in currency,” Lamkin said.

“To date, federal charges have been filed against 16 defendants in several states. This investigation determined that the targeted organization regularly transported large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana from Mexico to Atlanta, and then transported currency accumulated from the sale of the illegal drugs back from Atlanta to McAllen, Texas, and then on to the organization’s leaders in Mexico,” Lamkin said.

Fayette County S.O. is part of the David G. Wilhelm Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force, now in its fourth year.

AndreaP's picture
Joined: 11/27/2010
There is another illegal drug

There is another illegal drug user who caught from bringing this on the airport. Here is the proof: Montel Williams carries inspirational messages and drug paraphernalia in luggage. Montel is a recognized sufferer of multiple sclerosis, and also an advocate of medical marijuana use, that helps relieve his pain. Williams might soon be needed payday loans to pay the citation he received at the airport.

Cyclist's picture
Joined: 05/15/2007
Gee, that check looks...

like the one I used to get for my federal tax refund. Now it seems like I write checks to them every year.

You know one day, in the not too distant future, our "guv" will come up with a simplified tax plan:

1. How much money did you make in 20XX?

2. Send it all in.

moelarrycurly's picture
Joined: 10/17/2010
David G. Wilhelm OCDETF

What a great legacy for a wonderful law enforcement officer. I hope his widow Candee gets to see this achievement. Here's hoping all of our law enforcement enjoy a happy and safe holiday and thank you for your fine work.

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