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SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Woman, boyfriend get life for killing toddler

Woman, boyfriend get life for killing toddler

ATLANTA -- A mother and her boyfriend have been sentenced to life plus 15 years in prison for killing the woman's two-year-old son.

Nikita Moore, 25, and Reginald Johnson, 27 were found guilty and sentenced this week.

According to information presented in court, the child, Makel Moore-Thompkins, died at South Fulton Medical Center on Dec. 10, 2010. Moore-Thompkins' body had more than 40 new and old injuries, indicating a history of abuse, according to Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones.

When Moore-Thompkins was taken to the hospital, he had a fractured skull, bleeding on his brain and facial bruises, Jones said. The defendants told investigators they hit the child with a belt while trying to potty-train him. A subsequent search of their home found pillows and sheets stained with the child's blood, according to Jones.

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

The Atlanta Commission on Women (ACW), in partnership with various organizations including self-defense/protection company Practical Combat Applications, Atlanta Police Dept., and Health, Fitness & Life Coaching--will host a free Women's Health and Safety Forum, Wed. Aug. 28, 12PM noon at Atlanta City Hall.

Focusing on the topics: self-defense, diabetes, heart disease, fitness/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, obesity and preventive care; the free forum will take place in the old city hall chambers (3rd floor, city hall tower) on 68 Mitchell St, Atlanta. The public is invited.

The event will also feature: the Atlanta Fire Dept, AID Atlanta, Cynthia Jameson, Independent agent for health insurance and durable medical equipment, Pulse by Kayt Wolfe, and Sonali Sadeqee Nutrition and Lifestyle consultant.

Man found shot to death in boutique

Man found shot to death in boutique

ATLANTA -- An unidentified man was found shot to death in a southwest Atlanta store Friday morning.

Atlanta Police received a call about the shooting at around 2:40 a.m. The victim was found inside A-Town Brothers Fashion on Stone Hogan Connector Road.

Police spokesman Lt. Paul Guerrucci said a woman stopped at the store when she saw what she believed was her friend's car parked nearby. She reportedly entered the store, saw blood all over the floor and ran away to call the police.

Guerrucci said there was evidence of several shots fired inside the building; the victim also appeared to be shot multiple times. Investigators believe the man had been dead for a while, Guerrucci said.

Police have not yet named a motive or a suspect in this case.

2 arrested for apartment burglaries

2 arrested for apartment burglaries

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police have arrested two men suspected of burglarizing multiple units in three apartment complexes.

Marcus Taylor, 25, of Riverdale and Christopher Gray, 29, of East Point faces charges of felony burglary.

The duo is accused of several daytime burglaries at the Camden Apartments and both complexes of the Retreat Apartments from July 2011 to March 2012, according to Peachtree City Police spokeswoman Capt. Rosanna Dove.

The investigation continues. Dove said police expect to file more charges against Taylor and Gray.

Man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend

Man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point Police have charged a man with murder and feticide for killing his pregnant live-in girlfriend.

Roderick Watkins was arrested without incident Friday.

The victim, Ashley Clark, was found in her apartment on Laurel Ridge Way shortly before 8 p.m. on Mar. 14. She had been shot once in the upper body, according to City of East Point spokesman James Hammond.

Clark was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Purse snatcher attacks victim with pepper spray

Purse snatcher attacks victim with pepper spray

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Police are looking for a man suspected of spraying a woman with pepper spray before taking her purse.

The incident happened shortly before noon Monday at the Wells Fargo on East Point Street in East Point.

As the victim entered the bank, the suspect attacked her with pepper spray, grabbed her purse and ran, according to East Point Police spokesman James Hammond.

Witnesses described the suspect as a slender black man dressed in colorful clothing -- blue jeans, a yellow baseball cap and a multicolored shirt. He was spotted leaving the scene in a red sedan, Hammond said.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call East Point Police at 404-559-6287.