An alleged methamphetamine kingpin and 13 other people are accused of violating Georgias Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, according to the Jones County Sheriffs Office.
Chadwick Nicholson, 35, of Byron, was arrested Wednesday at a store on Hartley Bridge Road in Bibb County, said Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece.
Reece characterized Nicholson as one of the largest methamphetamine dealers in Middle Georgia.
The other 13 people arrested as part of a yearlong investigation are accused of distributing drugs for Nicholson, he said.
They are: Ashley Marie Sauls, 27, Walter Lee Williams Jr., 34, Brian Keith Bryant, 34, Larry Grady Favors 38, all of Byron; Stephen Randall Owens, 51 and Jeffrey Scott Deane, 33 of Warner Robins; Christopher Shawn Rogers, 36, Benjamin Jay Rogers, 32, Jerry Wayne Barnett, 35 and Mandy Malissa Bryant, 32, all of Macon; Jeffrey Ray Easler, 31, of Lizella; Cary Anderson Stokes, 41, of Knoxville and Darwin Raul Santana, 20, of Duluth.
Nicholsons group distributed between 10 and 12 pounds of methamphetamine monthly in Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties, Reece said.
Authorities seized methamphetamine valued at $150,000.
Also seized in the bust were $180,000 in cash, 18 vehicles and several firearms, he said.
Deputies from Bibb, Crawford and Jones counties coordinated with state and federal law enforcement to make the arrests, Reece said.
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