Oconee Co. officer arrested as part of GA drug sweep

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An Oconee County Detention Officer was fired after a multi-million dollar drug sweep in northeast Georgia.

The Sheriff’s Office terminated officer Joy Hunter after warrants for her arrest were issued, according to a statement issued by Oconee Co. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

In his statement, Sheriff Crenshaw said, “She [Hunter] was a Correctional Officer at our Detention Center for 5 years and 9 months. At this time, we do not believe that Ms. Hunter was responsible for the introduction of contraband into our Detention Facility.”

The arrest is part of a larger operation by the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the FBI, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office which is serving 20 warrants and 27 arrest warrants for those they say are members and suppliers of Horace Mayfield’s drug trafficking organization.

Investigators say the Mayfield Drug Trafficking Organization is responsible for 72 kilograms of cocaine, 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 50 pounds of marijuana worth about $9.5 million.

The charges are being brought under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute.

Six people were arrested in Oconee County and are being extradited to Georgia.

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