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Dope distribution center busted

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Nathaniel Hodges (Source: Sumter County Sheriff) Nathaniel Hodges (Source: Sumter County Sheriff)
Amethyst Hodges   (Source: Sumter County Sheriff) Amethyst Hodges (Source: Sumter County Sheriff)

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The DEA, GBI, and Sumter County Sheriff's Office bust a house agents say was a cocaine distribution center in southwest Georgia.  A man labeled a high level drug dealer was arrested. 

Investigation say Nathaniel Hodges distributed drugs across South Georgia and across the state line. In the raid, law officers seized jewelry, cash, and cars.

Authorities will pursue federal charges against Nathaniel Hodges. He's been arrested at least once before on cocaine possession charges. Now authorities will work to dismantle his organization.

Neighbors find it hard to believe this home on Lafayette Street could have been a distribution point for cocaine and the man they described as kind could be a high level drug dealer.

"He was nice, he was real nice, he was just as nice as he could be, I would come through there and he would speak to me," said Robert Holt.

The DEA and GBI seized two Cadillacs and behind the exterior of the home, expensive items and $10,000 in cash all a part of this high dollar cocaine operation.

"Some of it was in the original packaging that they came in like you'd go to a fancy jewelry store and buy. They had several diamonds and watches and rings," said Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

Investigators spent hundred of man hours watching Nathaniel Hodges over the last several months.

"We followed him, we photographed him, we did all these things. He had very set ways of doing things, he'd be gone for 15 to 20 minutes make a drop at this delivery then go to another point," said Smith.

The couple's children are now being cared for by family members in the same home where they manufactured crack cocaine. Hodges' wife Amethyst is also charged for her role in the operation that spanned two states and several counties.

"We do know that she was actively involved with certain aspects of it," said Smith.

Investigators say this case is far from over and they'll continue to make arrests until the operation is dismantled.

Sheriff Pete Smith says as quick as they break up an operation like this there's someone else waiting in the wings to do the same thing the Hodges were doing.

Nathaniel Hodges is being held without bond in the Sumter County Jail because he violated his probation. Bond is expected to be set for his wife when she goes before a judge.


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