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May 20, 2014

GMTF Brown Arrest

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force has shut down three marijuana grow houses in the county since last Thursday.

On Thursday, May 15, GMTF investigators followed up on information they received indicating that there may be drugs in a home at 2386 Hidden Lane Snellville. While at the residence, investigators encountered Michael Gerrard Brown, who leased the home. Investigators at the scene noted a strong odor of marijuana and obtained a search warrant. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 414 marijuana plants and the arrest of Michael Gerrard Brown.

Additional information was gained at the location which led investigators to Michael Brown’s primary residence at 3016 Overlook Hill Pass in Dacula. An additional search warrant was obtained for the Dacula home and the subsequent search revealed a marijuana grown room that had been partially dismantled, along with a small amount of loose marijuana and other suspected narcotics.

The investigation also led to a third residence, leased by Michael Brown, at 3466 San Antonio Drive in Snellville. A subsequent search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence and resulted in the seizure of an additional 251 marijuana plants.

Michael Brown was arrested and charged with (3 counts) VGCSA Manufacture of Marijuana, trafficking in Marijuana and VGCSA within 1000 feet of a school. He was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident and is currently being held without bond.

Additional charges and/or arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Lilburn Police Department, Lawrenceville Police Department, Snellville Police Department, Duluth Police Department, and Suwanee Police Department. The GMTF was formed in 2012 to investigate drug and vice complaints in Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Duluth, and Suwanee.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force can be contacted by the Drug Tip Line at 770-670-5190 or by email at

May 19, 2014

Ellison Arrest

Media Release #20140516 – May 16, 2014

Deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division have arrested the President and CEO of a non-profit organization after their investigation revealed that he propositioned a female probationer to receive sexual favors in exchange for false documentation of her required community service hours.

A supervisor at Southeast Corrections notified the Sheriff’s Office of a complaint by one of their female probationers that Jails to Nails President and CEO Darrell Ellison offered to exchange sexual favors for documentation of her required community service hours.

Undercover deputies began a covert operation in which Darrell Ellison again openly solicited the victim to exchange sexual favors for false documentation of her required community service hours. Ellison was arrested yesterday by deputies in a sting operation when he arrived at a location where he believed he would be receiving sexual favors from the victim.

He was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felon Crime (2 counts) and False Statements (2 counts) and was transported without incident to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he has since been released on bond.

Investigators request that and additional victims contact the Investigative Services Division at 770-619-6655

April 28, 2014

Bankston Arrest – Elder Abuse

For immediate release:

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested Jason Andre Bankston, wanted for the Neglect of a Disabled Adult/Elder Person.
On 07/14/13, Snellville Police officers responded to a call of a person down at 2131 Buckley Trail in Snellville and found 44 year old John Hammond Steele deceased.
A subsequent investigation by Snellville Police resulted in a warrant being obtained for Steele’s caregiver, Jason Andre Bankston, for Neglect of a Disabled Adult/Elder Person.
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bankston yesterday and he was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident.

Duncan Arrest – Animal Cruelty

For immediate release:

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested Brandon Kaile Duncan on an outstanding warrant for Cruelty to Animals.
Duncan’s arrest stems from an incident on 03-21-14 in which Snellville Police officers were dispatched to an animal welfare call on Parkside Court in Snellville and discovered an emaciated dog with electrical tape tightly wound around its mouth. The dog’s mouth was extremely swollen and bleeding.
Gwinnett County Animal Control took custody of the injured dog and warrants were obtained by Snellville Police for the arrest of Antonio Furlow, the dog’s owner and his roommate, Brandon Kaile Duncan.
Antonio Furlow, already incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Jail, was served with a warrant for Cruelty to Animals at the jail on 3/27/14. A warrant was obtained for Brandon Kaile Duncan, which was served by Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies yesterday.
Furlow was released on bond on 4/10/14. Duncan remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Flowers Arrest

For immediate release:

The diligent efforts of deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit have led to the arrest of an accused murderer.
Nicambreon Mortray Flowers was arrested for the April 19 murder of Joel Tengue at 1435 Boggs Road in Norcross. He is charged with Murder and Armed Robbery.
Fugitive deputies developed leads that indicated that Flowers was in Hattiesberg, Mississippi. Those leads were forwarded to local authorities, who arrested Flowers yesterday in Hattiesburg. He is charged with Murder and Armed Robbery.
Flowers is being held at the Forrest County Jail awaiting extradition to Gwinnett County.

April 22, 2014

Murder for Hire Plot Uncovered

For Immediate Release:

Deputies assigned to the Investigative Services Division conducted an investigation that led to the unraveling of an inmate’s murder for hire plot.

Jeffrey Van Ngo was served with additional arrest warrants today at the Gwinnett County Jail after he attempted to hire an undercover deputy to murder Cuong Nguyen.

Ngo has been held at the Gwinnett County Jail since March 19 on charges (VCGSA – Possession of Controlled Substance and VCGSA – Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance). He has been additionally charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Crime and Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony Crime.

The warrants were served without incident at the Gwinnett County Jail.

April 2, 2014

Suspect in Shooting Arrested

For immediate release:

Deputies assigned to the Investigative Services Division (ISD) at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office have apprehended suspect Josue Ordonez-Ruiz, wanted for shooting a man who was holding Ordonez-Ruiz’s own child during a 2010 domestic violence incident.

On October 30, 2010, Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to a “person shot” call at 5735 Everglades Trail in Norcross, where Ordonez-Ruiz’s ex-wife, Brandy Marez, claimed that her ex-husband followed her and friends home from a bar and began firing a revolver before fleeing in his vehicle. Jose Lemus, who was holding the divorced couple’s 7 year old child, was grazed in the leg by a bullet. He was treated at the scene by responding fire rescue personnel. Attempts to locate Ordonez-Ruiz were not successful and police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office ISD deputies followed up on leads that Ordonez-Ruiz had returned from Mexico and was back in the metro-Atlanta area. Their investigation led them to 3585 Meadowglen Village Lane, Apt. O in Doraville, where Ordonez-Ruiz was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. He is being held without bond on the charge of Aggravated Assault and also has an ICE detainer.

March 25, 2014

Operation Shamrock

For immediate release:

On March 18th and 19th, over 70 different law enforcement officers, agents, deputies and investigators from six different local, state and federal agencies participated in Operation Shamrock in Gwinnett County. The two day operation focused on assuring the compliance of over 70 registered sex offenders who were on active state probation or parole. Participating agencies included the United States Marshal Service, the United States Secret Service, the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Division, the Georgia State Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Operation Shamrock resulted in the verification of 67 sex offenders. A total of seven arrests were made for various violations of probation and parole. Three additional warrants for offenders who were found in violation of their probation are forthcoming. Two new cases of possession of child porn and child molestation are also under further investigation as a result of information obtained during the compliance checks. These investigations may result in two more charges being filed.

United States Marshals Service Senior Inspector and Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator for the Northern District of Georgia, Katrina Crouse, assisted in coordinating the operation. Regarding the operation, Senior Inspector Crouse stated, “The main goal of this operation was to conduct a show of law enforcement unity and cooperation in keeping a watch on the county’s sex offenders; thus ensuring they are complying with all requirements and apprehending those who have violated state, local and federal laws. In doing so, the operation should increase public safety throughout the greater Gwinnett County area and the state of Georgia.”

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office presently monitors 546 registered sex offenders within the Georgia Registry on a daily basis. Efforts such as this operation affords the Sheriff’s Office and those other agencies who supervise sex offenders in Gwinnett County an additional opportunity to let both the community and the sex offenders know that they will be monitored in accordance with state and federal laws.

Sheriff Butch Conway would like to express his appreciation to all the participants for their assistance, adding that it’s “always nice to have a force multiplier.”

Inmate Conspiracy

For immediate release:

Deputies at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a conspiracy between three inmates to prevent their respective victims from testifying against them at trial.

An alert deputy became suspicious when two seemingly healthy inmates arrived at the jail’s medical unit appearing to be feigning medical emergencies. The deputy investigated further and discovered that the two inmates, Alfredo Sosa (18 yrs old) and Miguel Luis Camacho-Gonzales (22 yrs old), were co-defendants in an armed robbery. A cell search of Sosa’s cell yielded a handwritten note entitled, “Plan To Free Us”, written by a third inmate, Jerome Derrell Welch (22 yrs old).

The information was provided to deputies assigned to the Investigative Services Division, who quickly identified that all three inmates shared a common victim, Matthew Barrett. According to the plan drafted by Welch, Camacho-Gonzales would make arrangements for his mother, Maribel Gonzalez (42 yrs old), to send money to Camacho-Gonzales’ girlfriend, Jillian Michelle Dumke (23 yrs old). The money was to be utilized to pay victim Matthew Barrett to “disappear” before Welch’s upcoming March trial. Western Union records reflect that Maribel Gonzalez paid a sum of $1,000.00 to Matthew Barrett.

Recorded phone conversations revealed that in exchange for this payoff, upon his release from jail, Welch would ensure that Sosa and Camacho-Gonzales’ other victims in an unrelated armed robbery case would not appear to testify at their trial. Western Union records reflect that Maribel Gonzalez paid a sum of $1,000.00 to Matthew Barrett.

Sosa, Camacho-Gonzales, Welch were each charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Crime. Dumke and Gonzalez were each arrested on the same charge and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. A warrant was obtained for Barrett’s arrest for Acceptance of Benefit, Reward or Consideration by Witness for Changing Testimony or Being Absent. He is currently in custody at the Gordon County Jail with a hold for Gwinnett County.


March 12, 2014

Suspects Arrested for Battery

For immediate release:

A Lawrenceville homeowner was fortunate to have Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies nearby when she was attacked by the tenants that had just been evicted from her property.

At approximately 6:00 pm on Monday, March 3, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Civil Unit completed a Writ of Possession (eviction) at 802 Deidre Marie Court in Lawrenceville.  As the deputies were leaving the neighborhood, they observed that the eviction crew was not following behind them, as is customary.  The deputies returned to the location to check on the welfare of the eviction crew and observed the four evicted tenants in an altercation with the homeowner, 26 year old Gladys Garcia.  Deputies were advised by witnesses that once they left the scene, the four evicted tenants approached Ms. Garcia, who was parked down the street.  Ms. Garcia was attempting to leave the location when she was punched in the face, thrown to the ground and attacked by the four individuals.  During the attack, Ms. Garcia was able to retrieve a gun from her vehicle and fired one shot from the weapon, but did not strike anyone.  Ms. Garcia sustained scratches and lacerations on her face and hands during the attack.  The returning deputies secured the scene and placed Miguel Gonzalez Martinez, Jonathan Martinez Delgado, Thabata Abigay Martinez and Suvanee Cherrlyn Martinez under arrest for Battery and they were subsequently transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.


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