WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – “We have a small sects of the gangs that are prevalent in Chattanooga, but the ‘Ghost Face Gangsters’ is one that is really growing rapidly here,” Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Commander Patrick Doyle said.
It’s 11 people authorities believe are a part of the “Ghost Face Gangsters” gang that are now behind bars in Walker County after a roundup on Tuesday.
That’s when agents and officers served 31 arrest warrants and arrested a total of 16 people as part of an investigation that started over a month ago.
“We did recover quite a bit of crystal meth and other drugs as well as some firearms and I think that we have determined that probably some of the firearms had been reported stolen,” Doyle said.
All of the alleged gang members are facing at least one charge of simple battery and were arrested under the Georgia Street Gang and Terrorism Prevention Act.
“It’s similar to RICO so it’s for organizations and it’s a sentence enhancer that we can use in court to get these people more time,” Doyle said.
Doyle said the “Ghost Face Gangsters” is a newer organization mainly made up of gangsters from prison.
He said it was primarily started as a means of protection while behind bars, but has spread outside prison walls.
And, It’s getting much larger in Northwest Georgia.
“Estimates are over 2,000 gangsters in the state of Georgia and about one in five live in Northwest Georgia and in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit and within the Chattanooga metro area,” Doyle said.
Doyle said that more arrests are likely to come.