13 Arrested in Rabun County Investigation

Rabun Co. - The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI - Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) has successfully conducted a lengthy, joint investigation which included violations of Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Burglary 1st Degree, Forgery 1st Degree, and Drug Trafficking. During the course of the investigation, investigators were able to identify multiple subjects involved in a crime organization where a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, firearms, and stolen property were seized.

Upon completion of the criminal investigation, the following arrests were made:

    - Jody McCracken (31) of Clayton, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Burglary 1st Degree, Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute.

    - Michael Frady (21) of Rabun Gap, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Trafficking Methamphetamine, Burglary 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and multiple traffic-related offenses.

    - Ashlyn Wilburn (22) of Clayton, Ga. -Trafficking of Methamphetamine, Burglary 1st Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

    - Tony Kellar (58) of Clayton, Ga. - Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.

    - David Frady (44) of Clayton, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Forgery 1st Degree, Theft by Receiving, Party to a Crime, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.

    - Rita Frady (44) of Clayton, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Theft by Receiving, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.

    - Austin Groom (30) of Clayton, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Theft by Receiving (felony), Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute, and Possession/Use of Drug Related Objects.

    - Peyton Alexes Hunnicutt (22) of Clayton, Ga. - Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Theft by Receiving (felony), Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute, and Possession/Use of Drug Related Objects.

    - Steven Watts (28) of Clayton, Ga. - Burglary 1st Degree.

    - Terry Young (40) of Clayton, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Burglary 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a Felony, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.

    - Syndey Hamby (23) of Clayton, Ga. - Burglary 1st Degree.

    - Elias “LES’ Lambert (35) of Alto, Ga. - Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a Felony, Possession/ Use of Drug Related Objects.

    - Michael Smiley (51) of Clayton, Ga. - Theft by Receiving Stolen Property

To report illegal narcotics, please contact the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office drug investigator at 706-960-9857 or the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office at 706-348-7410. You can remain anonymous while providing information.

The pictures below show some of the items seized during this investigation.

Photos provided by RCSO