Nine arrests have been made in connection to a multi-million-dollar racketeering ring involving the sale and distribution of prescription drugs in north Georgia. A multi-agency effort led by the Banks County Sheriff’s Office served warrants indicting those accused on Wednesday with eight counts each of violating the Georgia Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.
Those indicted are: Brian William Craig, Amanda Elaine Craig, Maggie Jeanette Craig, Alford Quinton Childs, John David Clark, Anthony Shane Crumley, Robert Joseph Fields, Justin David Hollis and Devon Caine Ledford.
Banks County authorities suspect the criminal ring has been operating throughout the north Georgia region for several years.
The head of the operation is believed to be Brian William Craig of Maysville, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence with the Georgia Department of Corrections for drug violations out of Hall County.
Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed said agents with the Appalachian Drug Task Force and Banks County deputies conducted a search warrant at the home of Brian and Amanda Craig on Jan. 9. There, they found and seized several pieces of valuable evidence and proceeds of the crimes, leaving the investigators to follow a long and exhausting paper trail ever since, according to Speed.
Investigators conducted multiple search warrants on doctor offices over the past several months.
“Numerous people have been interviewed and a lot of time has gone into the investigation in regards to tracking the evidence against those involved,” said Speed.
Late last month, the District Attorney’s Office for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit and agents of the Appalachian Drug Task Force presented the facts of the case to a Banks County Grand Jury, which indicted each alleged offender the eight counts of the Georgia R.I.C.O. Act.
Task force agents and deputies of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office carried out the arrests after receiving the bench warrants from the Piedmont Superior Court.
“This has been a great example of the reasoning behind us joining a G.B.I. commanded drug task force. They have the expertise and resources that an agency of our size cannot afford on our own,” said Speed.