Multi-Million Dollar Drug Trafficking Ring Dismantled

Jan 11, 2019

A multi-million-dollar drug trafficking organization has been dismantled. According to a release from Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum, local, state and federal law enforcement officers serving 14 arrest warrants and 10 search warrants for members and suppliers of Larry “Lil Man” Fricks’ drug organization.

In addition to Jackson County, Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, along with the Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office and the FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Task Force were involved in the five-month long investigation.

Authorities say Fricks’ operation is responsible for distributing more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of 3.5 million dollars during that five-month time period.

It is believed Fricks and his organization have been active in Banks, Hall, and Jackson County and surrounding communities for many years.

Those arrested face multiple criminal charges under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute.