After a four-month-long investigation known as Operation 30906, state, local and federal authorities arrested 27 individuals earlier this week in the Richmond County region of Augusta, Georgia. The code name for the operation, 30906, refers to a zip code in the area known for a high rate of violent crime, drug dealing and even counterfeiting.
This is not the first wave of arrests conducted by a joint operation involving the Richmond County Sheriff's office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). Back in September, nine individuals reportedly involved in a "sex, money, murder gang" were taken into custody.
The defendants arrested in this latest bust will reportedly face many charges including Federal gun charges, federal drug charges and federal counterfeiting charges, to name just a few. Some illicit items seized during Operation 30906 include the following:
- 29 illegal weapons (possibly more)
- Illegal drugs such as meth, marijuana and cocaine
- Counterfeit funds
- Equipment used to create counterfeit money
According to Sheriff Roundtree and U.S. Attorney, Bobby L. Christine, this joint operation is not over. In fact, Christine provided the public with this ominous warning. "We will find you, we will arrest you and we will put you in prison."
These latest arrests on federal drug charges, gun charges and other alleged offenses show that the state of Georgia is serious about reducing crime in the notorious 30906 zip code. Like the individuals arrested in this latest operation, anyone looking at federal drug charges or even local charges should seek guidance from a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Taking early action allows you to find legal counsel that is also prepared to advocate for and fight for your rights. This improves your chance of acquiring a good outcome in your case.