ATLANTA - Thirty people accused of being members of a violent north Georgia drug gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of selling cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.
U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said Monday that all 30 defendants face the three drug charges as part of an 18-month northwest Georgia investigation federal authorities call "Operation Reclaim."
Twenty-seven of the defendants also are charged with being part of a racketeering conspiracy.
"The truly violent character of this gang is demonstrated by the fact that the racketeering charges are based on violent crimes including five murders, attempted murder, arson, kidnapping and extortion," Nahmias said Monday.
As of Monday, 27 of the defendants had been arrested on federal charges, Nahmias said.
Authorities say 47 weapons were recovered during one of the arrests.
The five killings involved in the case occurred in northwest Georgia's Floyd and Polk counties.