By Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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11 charged after drug investigation.
A Dawsonville woman faces several felonies after deputies learned she was smuggling methamphetamine to Lumpkin County inmates at work detail sites, authorities said.
The investigation began late last month after deputies discovered contraband was being brought into the Lumpkin County Detention Center, Lt. Alan Roach said in a news release.
Jail employees, along with members of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, conducted a series of searches and drug screenings within the detention center. They also reviewed recordings of phone conversations made inside the jail, as well as video chats and surveillance footage.
The investigation led to the arrest of 26-year-old Kimberly Biggs, who deputies said was dropping meth off at several locations for inmates on work detail.
During a search of the woman’s home, authorities found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Roach said. Investigators also seized a cellphone belonging to Biggs.
On Oct. 1, several agencies teamed up and raided two locations, one in Lumpkin County and another in Hall County, Roach said. Both places were linked to 38-year-old Calvin Turner, who police said was Biggs’ meth supplier.
The Dahlonega man was booked into the Hall County Jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamines, possession of a Schedule II narcotic, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm during the commission of a certain crimes and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, jail records show.
Biggs faces six charges, including distribution of methamphetamine, methamphetamine possession, crossing the guard lines with a dangerous drug, use of a communication device in facilitating a drug transaction, possession of drug-related objects and criminal street gang activity.
The investigation also led to drug charges for nine others, including five Lumpkin County inmates, according to the release.