Two Winder residents have been arrested for suspected participation in Horace Mayfield’s drug trafficking ring.

Horace Mayfield III, 31, and Audreona Scott, 24, both of 714 Baskins Circle, Winder, were arrested following a massive drug bust last week in Stephens County.

The bust is part of a 10-month investigation into Mayfield’s alleged drug trafficking ring, which covered Northeast Georgia and South Carolina. During the investigation, officers linked $9.5 million worth of drugs to the ring including 72 kilograms of cocaine, 15 kilograms of methamphetamine and 50 pounds of marijuana.

Mayfield is originally from Stephens County and officers say he had been operating out of the county and surrounding areas for several years.

The bust lead to the arrest of 23 other suspected ring members and suppliers. Mitchell Posey, Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge, said many of those arrested are part of Mayfield’s family.

“A lot of these were family, cousins, brothers, half-brothers,” he said.

Twenty-four people from north Georgia and South Carolina were arrested and face charges under the federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute, including Mayfield and Scott.

Another person arrested, Joy Hunter, 32, 413 Butler Street, Westminster, S.C., was a correctional officer at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office detention center in South Carolina.

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said he does not believe Hunter brought any drugs into the facility.

Crenshaw announced Hunter’s termination last week.

Others arrested include:

Rashad Beasley, 41, 27 Maple Street Lavonia; Sherry Evans, 39, 820 Mount Olivet Road, Hartwell; Henry Harris, 61, 146 Sitton Mill Road, Seneca, S.C.; Malissa Holden, 43, 313 Zion Hill Road, Seneca, S.C.; Nate Howard, 30, 1995 Carithers Way Marietta; Avero Howard, 38, 317 Skyview Lane, Toccoa; Joy Hunter, 32, 413 Butler Street, Westminster, S.C.; and Stephens Ivester, 38, 1971 Wolfpit Road, Eastonallee.

Quincy Jones, 33, 118 Poplar Trail, Toccoa; Jack Mark, 63, 106 Oak Ridge Circle, Seneca, S.C.; Deltorious McClendon, 27, 170 Hanover Place Apt. 4, Athens; Gustavo Melendez, 38, 1531 Druid Valley Drive Apt. B, Atlanta; Brittany Prather, 23, 130 Persimmon Street, Toccoa; Megan Sanders, 28, 111 Cabin Lake Court Athens; and Bobby J. Smith, 30, 195 Forest Brook Drive, Eastanollee.

Leonardo Steeple, 38, 196 Tabitha Page Lane, Toccoa; Mario Stowers, 36, 1725 Presidents Street Apt. A, Westminster, S.C.; Marvin Teasley, 38, 269 Country Club Drive, Toccoa; Dwayanego Poole, 38, 310 Pine Street, Seneca, S.C.; Chanin Mayfield, 26, 317 Skyview Lane, Toccoa; Carlos Torres, 26, 317 Ard Place, Atlanta; and Wilfredo Otero, 24, 317 Ard Place, Atlanta.

The investigation was a joint effort by the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, with the cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

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