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17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested


CUMMING, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing a Forsyth County bank last week is now behind bars.

Stephen C. Plunkett was arrested at around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday on Ga. 400 in Forsyth County.

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Forsyth County Peeping Tom arrested

Forsyth County Peeping Tom arrested


CUMMING, Ga. -- The man accused of watching women undress in a Forsyth County Belk department store has been arrested.

Randy William Wilson, 38, was taken into custody Thursday at his Cleveland home.

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Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Rainwater said police visited Wilson's house after receiving a tip. When they arrived, Wilson tried to run, but was quickly captured.

Wilson is accused of looking under a dressing room door while a woman was trying on clothes at the Belk at Lakeland Plaza on Mar. 29.

Forsyth Co. Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man

Forsyth Co. Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Monday morning.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight at a house in the 7900 block of Nicholson Road in Cumming.

Forsyth County Deputy Sheriff Doug Rainwater said police responded to a 911 call at the house. The 52-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, threatened officers with a gun, prompting a deputy to shoot him.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No deputies were injured.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will look into the shooting. Rainwater said the deputy who shot the suspect will be placed on routine paid administrative leave.

There was no immediate word on why police were called to the house.


Father and son sentenced for racketeering

Father and son sentenced for racketeering

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A father and son have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a plot to take control of houses they did not own.

Kennesaw residents Guilio Glenn Greye, 61, and Ian Justain Greye, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Giulio Greye was sentenced to five years, while his son received 10 years. Both men are required to spend two years in prison.

Two co-defendants -- 52-year-old Susan Lorraine Weidman of Kennesaw and 29-year-old Matthew Daniel Lowery of Alpharetta -- will be tried next month.

According to information presented in court, the Greyes moved into an empty house on Champlain Street in Decatur and filed false documents with DeKalb County, claiming they owned the property.

Teen fakes kidnapping after failing college class

Teen fakes kidnapping after failing college class

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A Johns Creek man was arrested Thursday after admitting to police that he faked his kidnapping.

Aftab Aslam faces several felony charges, including terroristic threats, false statements and tampering with evidence.

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The 19 year old disappeared Apr. 27. He initially told police he was drugged and held prisoner, according to Johns Creek spokesman Doug Nurse.

Aslam's parents received a text on the day their son vanished, saying the teen had been kidnapped and warning them not to call police. Nurse said investigators determined the text was sent from near Aslam's home, and eventually learned Aslam had purchased the phone and sent the text.

Bank employee indicted for fraud

Bank employee indicted for fraud

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to defraud the bank where he used to work.

William "Rusty" Beamon Jr., 52, will be arraigned Monday in Gainesville.

According to information presented in court, Beamon was vice president of Ellijay-based Appalachian Community Bank, which failed in 2010.

In 2009, Beamon told a real estate agent that he owned and wanted to rent out a house in Cumming, although the house was actually owned by Appalachian Comunity Bank. When the agent negotiated a lease for the house on his behalf, Beamon took more than $20,000 from a renter and deposited it into his personal bank account.

He also allowed the bank to make loans to his wife and a shell company he owned, and finance fraudulent real estate purchases of properties in the bank's foreclosure inventory, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.