Arrests this week bring the total number of street gang members arrested in Athens this month to 10


By Joe Johnson

Three more street gang members were arrested this week in Athens, bringing the total number of gangsters arrested this month to 10.

According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, this week’s arrests were made by ACCPD’s Gang Unit and Uniform Patrol Division, the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force, and the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force arrested three known gang members as part of an initiative to target criminal street gang activity.

Four guns were recovered and six charges stem from the arrests.

Rodarius Travell Favors, 29, of Deer Park Drive was arrested on Friday for a felony probation violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted Felon. He is currently on probation for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, which he has violated six times. Favors is out on bond for affray and violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Three guns were recovered in the course of Favor’s arrest.

Rodarius Travell Favors

Fredrick Heard, 19, of Parkview Homes also was arrested Friday, charged with a felony probation violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently on probation for aggravated assault, and a gun was recovered one firearm in the course of his arrest.

Fredrick Heard

Demarco Maurice Hardy, 19, of Statham was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and failure to maintain lane. He was out on bond for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, carrying a firearm without a License, and driving on a suspended license.

Demarco Maurice Hardy

“Over the past two weeks, ACCPD has arrested 10 known gang members and seized nine firearms, as well as drugs and stolen property,” police said in a prepared statement. “ACCPD is committed to protecting the community and will continue to focus our efforts on violent criminal street gangs.”

Police asked for anyone with information about criminal street gang activity to call ACCPD’s Crime Tip Line at 706-705-4775, email the Gang Unit at gangunit@accgov.com, or contact the Gang Unit directly through their online tip website:

https://www.accgov.com/FormCenter/Police-27/Criminal-Gang-AcHvity-Tips-759 .

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