From North Carolina to Georgia: Multi-agency Gang Investigation in Habersham County Leads to 7 Arrests for Criminal Street Gang Charges

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HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. – A multi-agency gang investigation has led to the arrests of 7 criminal street gang (CSG) members and associates on multiple charges, including Violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act, Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats, and Possession of Controlled Substances with Intent to Distribute.

The following people were arrested:

  1. Roger Laquerrius Neal, age 34, of Toccoa, GA, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, and Possession of Schedule III Drug with Intent to Distribute. Neal was arrested on May 4, 2024.
  1. Tyler Dallas Cagle, age 33, of Waynesville, NC, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Possession of Schedule III Drug with Intent to Distribute, Simple Assault, and Terroristic Threats.
  1. Sarah Smathers, age 31, of Waynesville, NC, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, and Possession of Schedule III Drug with Intent to Distribute.
  1. Terry Ray Williams Jr., age 20, of Waynesville, NC, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, and Possession of Schedule III Drug with Intent to Distribute.
  1. Shelby Page Stephens, age 63, of Waynesville, NC, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, and Possession of Schedule III Drug with Intent to Distribute.
  1. Quillan Leshun Samuels, age 25, of Gainesville, GA, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Terroristic Threats, and Possession of Schedule III Drug with Intent to Distribute.
  1. Andrew Nelson Dover, age 47, of Habersham County, GA, charged with Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, and Possession of Schedule III drug with Intent to Distribute.

In October of 2023, the GBI Gang Task Force initiated an investigation into a Habersham, Georgia cell of criminal street gang members/associates of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Agents linked gang members to multiple crimes involving violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, violations of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and more. Agents in Georgia and North Carolina served search warrants and arrest warrants in the early morning hours of April 18, 2024.

The GBI’s Gang Task Force, the GBI Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department, the Toccoa Police Department, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force partnered in this significant investigation.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Additional charges are expected. The local prosecution will be handled by the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

The GBI Gang Task Force is a multi-agency unit that consists of the GBI, the Atlanta Police Department, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.

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