Two people with alleged ties to the Ghost Face Gangsters were arrested after two men were found dead from fentanyl-related overdoses, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Amanda Chambers faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, reckless conduct, and interference with a 911 call in connection with the deaths, authorities said. Kevin Kennedy faces reckless conduct charges in connection with one of the deaths.
Within the past three weeks, Spalding deputies investigated three overdoses, two of which were fatal and occurred at the same Griffin home, officials said. The overdoses contained a mix of methamphetamine, heroin and “what is believed by the user to be prescription medication,” Sheriff Darrel Dix said, adding that fentanyl was the common drug in the overdoses.
“A minor exposure to fentanyl can cause a person to go into respiratory and/or cardiac arrest immediately, and without the use of Narcan to counteract the effects of the drug, death is almost certain,” Dix said in a lengthy news release detailing the overdose deaths. “Users and dealers believe that the product they receive from their suppliers is safe when, in fact, it may contain fentanyl or other contaminants that are obtained or manufactured by sources that are unknown.”
In the first week of August, deputies responded to a home in the 2000 block of Steele Road, where they found Dennis Wade dead from a drug overdose, Dix said. Roughly two weeks later, on Aug. 19, deputies found Jeffery Scott Callahan dead at a RaceTrack gas station at 4200 North Expressway.
Dix said Callahan was taken to the gas station from the home.
A week after Callahan’s body was found, deputies found Jackson Jones unconscious in his car in the 1100 block of School Road. Dix said Jones was in cardiac arrest from an overdose.
Firefighters at the scene administered CPR and emergency services gave Jones a dose of Narcan. He was then taken to Spalding Regional Hospital.
Investigators searched Jones’ car and found a bag with more than a half-pound of methamphetamine.
Jones has since recovered and remains in the Spalding County Jail on charges of trafficking meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of meth, Dix said.
Jones is also suspected of having alleged ties to the Ghost Face Gangsters.
“Investigators believe that the majority of distribution of these narcotics is tied to the Ghost Face Gangsters that have members operating in the Griffin (and) Spalding County area,” Dix said. “As this investigation continues we anticipate making additional arrests and charging Ghost Face members under the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act and any other violation of the law that we can charge them with.”
Authorities have not said why they believe the gang was tied to the overdoses, but issued a stern warning: “If you are a Ghost Face Gangster here in Spalding County, we are coming for you.”