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SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Armed man killed by Gwinnett Police

Armed man killed by Gwinnett Police

BUFORD, Ga. -- One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Gwinnett County Tuesday evening.

The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. at the Alexander North apartment complex on North Alexander Street in Buford.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said police found five or six people smoking marijuana outside the apartments.

The investigators began to frisk the suspects when one of them, 20-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gonzalez, pulled out a gun and held it to his head, Smith said.

The officers asked Hernandez-Gonzalez to drop the gun; when he didn't, they unsuccessfully shot him with a Taser.

Smith said Hernandez-Gonzalez then pointed his gun at the officers, who fired at him, killing him.

Nobody else was hurt. Smith said the three officers who shot at Hernandez-Gonzalez were placed on routine administrative leave.

Ex Gwinnett commissioner's son sentenced for bribery

Ex Gwinnett commissioner's son sentenced for bribery

ATLANTA -- The son of a former Gwinnett County commissioner and another man were each sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison on charges stemming from a bribery scheme.

Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, her son John Fanning and an associate, Carl "Skip" Cain, pleaded guilty in May in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for Lasseter's influence and vote for a proposed real estate development in her district.

Fanning and Cain were sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison. They were charged in the bribery scheme and also were accused of conspiring to traffic cocaine.

Lasseter was sentenced earlier this month to two years and nine months in prison.

Prosecutors have said all three are cooperating with authorities in an ongoing investigation into corruption in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The second of three young men wanted in connection with a shooting that wounded five people at a southeast Michigan roller skating rink in December has been arrested in Georgia.

Waterford Township Police said in a statement that 21-year-old Tre-Andis Jamison of Pontiac is being held in Gwinnett County after being taken into custody there Monday by the FBI. He was named earlier this year in a warrant on assault with intent to murder, conspiracy and firearm possession charges.

Police said the Dec. 23 shooting at the Rolladium Skating Center in Waterford Township involved two rival Pontiac gangs. About 290 people were inside the rink, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

A 17-year-old was arrested in January in the case. Investigators are still searching for 18-year-old Robert Lee German.

County installs informational kiosks in Justice Center

County installs informational kiosks in Justice Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County is working hard to ensure that crime victims and witnesses can find information about their cases with ease.

Earlier this week, the District Attorney's office unveiled a series of informational kiosks throughout the county Justice and Administration Center. The computer-based system available at the kiosks provides a wide range of judicial information that can be navigated through a series of inquiries.

The county hopes to expand the kiosk program to police precincts and the sheriff's department in the near future.

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

ATLANTA -- A death penalty defendant who has been awaiting trial for a Gwinnett County killing since March 2005 is asking Georgia's top court to dismiss all charges for violations of his right to a speedy trial for the second time in less than two years.

Khahn Dinh Phan is asking the Georgia Supreme Court to dismiss his charges because he said the state has "chronically underfunded" the death penalty defense system.

Phan was accused of the December 2004 shootings of a Vietnamese couple and their two-year-old son over a gambling debt. The father and son died, while the wife suffered severe injuries.

Phan was appointed two public defenders, but the case lagged amid a funding delay. Prosecutors say Phan brought the delays upon himself.