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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."

4 arrested for shoplifting at North Point Mall

4 arrested for shoplifting at North Point Mall

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Four southwest Atlanta residents were arrested Thursday and charged with shoplifting from three department stores at North Point Mall.

Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon said a Dillard's employee witnessed the four suspects -- Isaiah Burt, Raheem Littlejohn, Dexter Williamson and Sequan Williamson -- stuffing Polo sweaters and shirts into a bag.

The suspects left the store and tried to drive away, hitting two other cars in the process, Gordon said. An Alpharetta officer eventually pulled the car over on the GA 400 ramp to Holcomb Bridge Road. The suspects tried to run, but were eventually caught at the Studio 6 motel on Old Dogwood Road.

While searching the car, investigators found items that had apparently been stolen from Dillard's, Macy's and Von Maur, including designer jeans, perfume and Titanium watches, according to Gordon.

Woman wanted for bank robberies in Roswell, Union City

Woman wanted for bank robberies in Roswell, Union City

ATLANTA -- The FBI is working to identify a woman wanted for at least two recent bank robberies.

FBI Atlanta Special Agent Stephen Emmett said the woman is accused of robbing the Wells Fargo on Alpharetta Highway in Roswell on Oct. 26, and another Wells Fargo on Jonesboro Road near Shannon Mall in Union City on Oct. 30.

In both cases, the woman walked up to tellers, announced that she was robbing the bank and then ran after receiving cash, Emmett said.

The suspect is a black woman with a medium complexion. She is about 30 years old, 5-feet-2-inches to 5-feet-5-inches tall and 110 to 120 pounds. During both robberies, she wore a black wig with purple tint, a gray cap and large frame sunglasses.

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call the FBI Atlanta at 404-679-9000, Roswell Police at 770-640-4100 or Union City Police at 770-306-6849.

Man sentenced for stealing tax returns

Man sentenced for stealing tax returns

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A Roswell man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for opening fraudulent bank accounts and conspiring to steal tax return money.

Jacinto Padron, Jr., 52, will also spend three years on supervised release and must pay restitution of more than $276,000 after finishing his prison sentence.

According to information presented in court, Padron was the branch manager for an Atlanta Wachovia before the bank merged with Wells Fargo. In 2009, he began opening fake accounts where he could receive fraudulent wire transfers and negotiate forged checks.

Investigators said that Padron's co-conspirators, some of whom were prison inmates in Puerto Rico, filed fake tax returns in the names of the bank accounts and had the money wired to Padron's bank.

Suspect sketch released in Concepts 21 homicide

Suspect sketch released in Concepts 21 homicide

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Police have released the sketch of a man suspected to be involved in the city's first homicide case of 2012.

The incident happend on Jan. 8 at the Concepts 21 apartments on Old Holcomb Bridge Road, where investigators found two gunshot victims inside a unit.

One of the men, 31-year-old Ladell Deon Crumpton, had been shot in the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was grazed in the back by a bullet and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Atlanta Medical Center. His name was not released.

Roswell Police spokesman James McGee described the suspect in this case as a black man with a medium build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The suspect may drive a silver or gray mid-sized car with tinted windows and Texas license plates.