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June 19--  Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies executed search warrants at nine residences in Vidalia Wednesday morning culminating a two-year investigation of gang-related crime in the city.

According to Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight, "I'm hoping this will accomplish bringing our streets back safe again in Vidalia and slow down or stop these drive-by shootings and also slow this gang activity down."

Seven people were arrested during the searches and Sheriff Kight says a large amount of guns, ammunition and drugs were confiscated.  Two other suspects had been arrested prior to the raids.

District Attorney Hayward Altman coordinated the multi-agency deployment after being asked to assist by Sheriff Kight and he echoed the sheriff's hopes, "We're hoping to basically makes the streets of Vidalia and Toombs County safer and make sure these individuals can do no harm to people and shut done some of the violence which is occurring.  We know how dangerous these individuals are.  This is drug activity plus gang activity."

gangsquadLaw enforcement officers in an armored vehicle searched three units in the Raymonia Apartments on Easter Drive in Vidalia.

gangsheriffDeputies from the Toombs County Sheriff's Office controlled access at the entrance to the complex.

Federal officers from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) along with the GBI Drug Task Force and the Toombs County Sheriff's Office fanned out to hit each of the nine locations at the same time.

Officers searched Apartments 44, 66 and 27 at the Raymonia Apartments, 170 Hannah Lane, 906 Fifth Avenue, 602 Thompson Street, 705 West Street, 701 Fifth Avenue and 2620 Cadillac Drive.

District Attorny Altman says he intends to convene a grand jury to consider various charges against the nine suspects who are in custody at the Toombs County Detention Center in Lyons.

TOBLER STACY TYRONE JACKSON ANDRE IZEAH JOHNSON OZELL JR
Stacy Tobler Andre Jackson Ozell Johnson, Jr.
TOUSSAINT DELTINAUD ROBERTS ALONZO NEAL CANTY LAPORSHIA ANTWAINETTE
Deltinaud Toussaint Alonzo Roberts Laporshia Canty
COOPER FREDERICK DERONE JOHNSON RODERICK WALLACE LANARD
Frederick Cooper Roderick Johnson Lanard Wallace

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