GBI director commends native investigators, attorneys | Native Information

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GBI director commends local investigators, attorneys | Local News

Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, recently commended the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney staff for their role in a massive gang investigation that resulted in nearly 50 charges.

In letters sent out in December, Reynolds praised Spalding County’s Sheriff’s Office investigators Colt Tolen and Sheldon Mayfield, as well as Assistant District Attorney Ashton Fallin and investigators Saul Alter and Stan Phillips.

The SCSO and prosecutors helped the GBI investigate the Rollin ’20s Neighborhood Bloods.

“It’s not every day that you receive letters like this from the director of the GBI,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said on the SCSO Facebook page last week. “Many thanks to Investigators Sheldon Mayfield and Colt Tolen for your hard work. You are valued. “

“I am so happy to have such warriors on my team,” said DA Marie Broder. “It is said that the mark of a good leader is the team that works for them. My team is just the best. “

In Reynolds’ letters of recommendation, he said Derrick Lavar Ferguson (aka Shady Dove) was arrested in July 2019 on drug and gun charges. “The agents quickly learned that Ferguson was the top leader of the Rollin ’20s Neighborhood in the state.”

According to Reynolds, the gang has been involved in multiple crimes including, but not limited to, murder, robbery, drug trafficking, smuggling, and Georgia Justice Department fraud.

The gang was also found to be establishing business fronts for business laundering, status, and appearances of legitimacy, Reynolds said, including rap label MPR (aka Money Power Respect).

“Investigators stubbornly pursued a detour from Ferguson to one of NHB’s founding members and recruits, OG Ronald Chatman, in Los Angeles, California, where he was eventually captured,” Reynolds wrote.

At a press conference held in October at the Upson County Courthouse, the GBI, along with other authorities, announced 46 gang-related charges.

The charges included 92 cases of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 59 cases of Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act violations, four cases of criminal murder, 24 cases of serious assault, four cases of kidnapping, four cases of battery, four conspiracy counts committing an armed robbery, three cases of methamphetamine trafficking, three cases of heroin trafficking, five cases of possession of a gun while committing a crime, three cases of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, five cases of crime in possession of a firearm , two cases of financial transaction card fraud, one case of conspiracy to commit financial transaction card fraud, and two cases of manipulation of evidence.

The following agencies assisted the investigation: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia National Guard’s Counter Drug Unit, Griffin Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations – Atlanta, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Thomaston Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Atlanta Division, Upson County Sheriff’s Office and Upson District Attorney’s Office.