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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."

Man wanted for raping child in Penn. arrested in Peachtree City

Man wanted for raping child in Penn. arrested in Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A man wanted for raping a child in Pennsylvania is now behind bars in Fayette County.

Christopher Jackson Carter, 57, was arrested Wednesday at his Peachtree City home.

Peachtree City Police spokeswoman Capt. Rosanna Dove said Pennsylvania State Police contacted Georgia investigators on Tuesday to tell them about outstanding warrants against Carter.

Charges include rape, rape of a mentally ill victim, rape of a minor, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Carter is being held in the Fayette County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania, Dove said.

Anyone who has information that would assist police in their investigation of Carter is asked to call Peachtree City Police at 770-631-2510. Callers can remain anonymous.

Golf cart flasher strikes again

Golf cart flasher strikes again

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City police are searching for a man accused of exposing himself to at least four people this week.

The first report came in Monday. According to police, a woman was walking on a golf cart path along Flat Creek Road, when a man drove by in a golf cart several times and exposed himself on the last pass.

Police said it happened three more times Thursday.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens to early 20's, with short hair, average height and thin to average build.

The four-passenger golf cart was described as burgundy or maroon in color with a white top.

Police say the 911 calls have been delayed because the walkers and runners don't always have their cell phones with them on the cart path. They're asking Peachtree City residents to call 911 immediately if they see the suspect.

3 arrested in Peachtree City home invasion

3 arrested in Peachtree City home invasion

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police have arrested three people in connection with a recent home invasion and shooting.

The incident happened July 13, when a woman told police that two men burst into her home and demanded money, according to Peachtree City Police spokeswoman Capt. Rosanna Dove.

One of the suspects shot at the woman when she tried to run from the house, Dove said. The victim was grazed by a bullet, but managed to get to a neighbor's house and call for help.

Police announced Tuesday that three people had been arrested for the robbery and shooting. Gilbert and Ted Jefferson, both 27, were charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary. Neither man lives in Peachtree City; Gilbert lives in Lithonia, while Ted is from Snellville.

A third suspect, 28-year-old Christopher Falkner of Peachtree City, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Teen arrested for Kedron Field House arson

Teen arrested for Kedron Field House arson

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A 19-year-old Palmetto man was arrested Thursday for setting two fires at the Kedron Field House and Aquatic Center in Peachtree City.

The fires were first discovered at around 6:20 a.m. Thursday by Aquatic Center employees who arrived to prepare for a swim meet, according to Peachtree City Police Capt. Rosanna Dove.

Dove said the employees noticed smoke damage and saw that the center's sprinkler system had been activated. Investigators determined that one of the fires had been started behind the reception desk in the lobby, while the other had been set in a storage room. Both fires were started with the help of "ignitable liquid," according to Dove.

Police used surveillance video to identify the suspect as Robert Earl Striggles. Dove said Striggles works for the janitorial company that cleans Kedron Field House at night.

Teens arrested for water balloon attacks

Teens arrested for water balloon attacks

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police have arrested six teenagers for throwing water balloons at golf cart riders, injuring at least two people.

In one of the cases, a man said someone threw water balloons at him while he was driving his cart, causing him to lose control and crash into an embankment.

A woman also told police she suffered facial bruising when someone threw a balloon at her on the golf cart path behind Cherry Tree Lane.

The teen suspects were found in a golf cart full of water balloons on May 30 near the intersection of Kelly Drive and Hip Pocket Road.

All six teens -- 18-year-old Paul Balmes, 18-year-old Riley Noonan and four juveniles -- were charged with reckless conduct.

2 arrested for apartment burglaries

2 arrested for apartment burglaries

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police have arrested two men suspected of burglarizing multiple units in three apartment complexes.

Marcus Taylor, 25, of Riverdale and Christopher Gray, 29, of East Point faces charges of felony burglary.

The duo is accused of several daytime burglaries at the Camden Apartments and both complexes of the Retreat Apartments from July 2011 to March 2012, according to Peachtree City Police spokeswoman Capt. Rosanna Dove.

The investigation continues. Dove said police expect to file more charges against Taylor and Gray.