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Major crime sweep in Athens area




By Joe Johnson

Hundreds of law enforcement officers this week fanned out across the Athens-Clarke County area to make arrests in connection with the recent unsealing of federal indictments, according to U.S Department of Justice spokeswoman Melissa Hodges.

Hodges, public affairs director for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia said that more than 300 officials representing 23 local, state and federal agencies took part in the operation.


U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia
Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill

“Operation Benchwarmer“ is believed to be the largest in ACCPD history, in terms of the number of law enforcement personnel involved, according to Hodges.

Some of the arrests will disrupt a major drug-distribution ring, according to a knowledgeable source.

Details will be released Thursday afternoon by U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler and Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill during a joint press conference Thursday afternoon at ACCPD’s east precinct on Lexington Road, Hodges said.

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