The Richmond County Sheriff's Office, led by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree hosted a press conference today in partnership with state, federal and local officials, including Mayor Hardie Davis, Governor Brian Kemp, Commissioners and District Attorney Jared Williams to announce the arrests of members of an organized white supremist street gang known as the Ghostface Gangsters Criminal Street Gang.
According to Sheriff Roundtree, the investigation began in January 2018 and spanned across multiple agencies.
During the conference Sheriff Roundtree said that it is only a matter of time before the clock strikes midnight on those who feel that they must continue criminal activity while in his jurisdiction.
Investigators say that the Ghostface Gangsters Criminal Street Gang included cases that stretches across Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Ghostface Gangsters are allegedly the fastest growing white supremacists gang in the country at approximately 5,000 members.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Gang Intelligence Unit compiled information on 163 Ghostface Gangster members and associates in the Augusta-Richmond County area, and a 136 count indictment has been drafted alleging that 77 members and associates have been implicated in violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, The Georgia Racketeer Influenced Criminal Organizations Act, and numerous criminal violations.
The suspects are facing the following charges:
- Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder
- Trafficking / Distribution / Possession of Methamphetamine
- Trafficking / Distribution / Possession of Heroin
- Distribution of Marijuana
- Distribution of Cocaine
- Possession of MDMA
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
- Kidnapping with Bodily Injury
- False Imprisonment
- Possession of Firearms by Convicted Felons
- Possession of Firearms During Commission of a Felony
- Hindering the Apprehension of a Felon
- Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
- Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Extortion
- Printing, Executing or Negotiating Fictitious Checks
- Theft by Taking Motor Vehicle
- Theft by Receiving Motor Vehicle
- Tampering with Evidence
- Trafficking Persons for Sexual Servitude