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Nine arrested in Dawson County vice operation
Dawson middle school teacher among those arrested during operation
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Dawson County authorities say that nine individuals, including a local middle school teacher, were arrested by undercover officers over the past week, during a vice operation aimed at targeting narcotics and sex crimes in the local community.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson, between March 2 and 4, investigators utilized multiple web-based platforms to identify and arrest nine individuals on charges of pandering, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and criminal attempt - distribution of marijuana.

Arrest reports allege that suspects intended to either sell narcotics to undercover officers or intended to trade drugs like methamphetamine, marijuana or amyl nitrite “poppers” in exchange for sex. 

Those arrested during the operation include:

●     Matthew Ray Allums, 25, of Dawsonville has been charged with one count of misdemeanor pandering.

●     Antoine Jerrell Grimes, 32, of Atlanta has been charged with criminal trespass, criminal attempt - distribution of a Controlled Substance and use of a communication facility in committing a crime.

●     Chris Robin Goss, 33, of Gainesville has been charged with obstruction of an officer, criminal trespass, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, criminal attempt - distribution of a Controlled Substance and use of a communication facility in committing a crime.

●     Guy Zachary Sweatman, 30, of Dahlonega has been charged with pandering, possession of marijuana, drug-related objects, criminal attempt - distribution of a controlled substance.

●     Aaron Marquis Tanner, 33, of Flowery Branch has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, criminal attempt - distribution of marijuana

●     Colton Mcray Cowan, 23, of Dahlonega has been charged with pandering, criminal attempt - distribution of a controlled substance.

●     Michael Harman Hamalainen, 50, of Gainesville has been charged with pandering, criminal attempt - distribution of marijuana.

●     Calvin Leon Barton, 44, of Dahlonega has been charged with pandering, criminal attempt - distribution of a controlled substance.

●     Curtis Lee Hickman, 39, of Dawsonville has been charged with criminal attempt - distribution of a controlled substance, drug-related objects, use of a communication facility in committing a crime.

 On Friday, Dawson County School Superintendent Damon Gibbs confirmed that Allums is employed as a teacher at Dawson County Middle School. Allums has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident, Gibbs said.  

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