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Donalsonville, GA (WALB) - A huge multi-state drug trafficking ring leads investigators to rural South Georgia. 27 people are in jail on drug and dog fighting charges.

Eleven dogs were seized in Donalsonville. Four others were picked up in other towns. "A lot of the dogs were scarred, some still had blood on them where they had been in recent fights."

The dogs were found when investigators raided two houses in Donalsonville. Law officers say they had to bash their way into the home of Kevin and Carlos Johnson because it was so heavily fortified with steel doors and metal bars.

"I hate the way that they came in and tore up there house. I think they could have done it in a better and respectful way," said their cousin Stephanie Whites.

"I feel sick, the way they did my Carlos. One kicked him in the mouth kicked him in the face and they sewed him up inside the house," said their aunt Bobbie Johnson.

Police say the Johnsons were part of a major cocaine pipeline that ran from Havana, Florida to Atlanta, right through Donalsonville. "The suspects in this case have been doing this a long time and they have been arrested before and have been to prison for this before," said Donalsonville Police Chief Jimmy Holt.

The eleven dogs picked up in Donalsonville were taken to the Bainbridge Humane Society and than transported to the Atlanta Humane Society.

Chief Holt says they haven't caught everyone, but they took down the ring leaders."There will be other arrests, very possible, connected to this, but this was the top echelon of the organization.'

Guns, as well as large amounts of cash, were found in each of the houses that were raided. Holt says they struck a big blow to drugs sales and dog fighting in Southwest Georgia, but there is still much work to be done.

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