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Albany bar owner caught in drug sting

May 23, 2006
by Brian Russell

Jacksonville, FL --  Law enforcers in Florida say they crippled an international, three-family cocaine operation with roots in South Georgia.

They made 23-arrests and seized $1.5 million worth of cocaine during Operation Rolling Stone. One suspect is Robert Rushing, owner of V-12 Lounge on Radium Springs Road in Albany.

He and five other south Georgians were arrested late last month with 17 kilos of cocaine. Investigators say the drugs originated in Mexico, went from Texas to Atlanta, and made a stop in Albany before reaching Jacksonville.

The investigation began after police found a large amount of drugs in a shooting suspect's home. "They were able to take that initial shooting case, worked that case backwards into what is in fact going to be an international drug ring," said Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

 Police say the families shipped 50 to 100 Kilos of cocaine a month through South Georgia.

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