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Seven indicted on drug-related charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pair of men known to law enforcement as the Smith brothers have been indicted on multiple charges in connection with a local drug ring.

Trevor R.B. Smith, 24, and Preston L.J. Smith, 23, were both indicted Feb. 7 on charges including trafficking in and distribution of methamphetamine.

They, along with five others, are listed on a bill of indictment containing more than 30 drug-related charges, but not all defendants were indicted on all counts.

The charges are the result of a major bust in September 2005, when 11 people including the Smith brothers were arrested, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.

Moloney described the men as "living the lifestyle," having motorcycles and other "toys" and throwing the popular parties.

"The Smith brothers are career criminals," Moloney said. "They're well known in the police community and in the drug community."

Some of both Smith brothers' prior arrests include charges of trafficking cocaine/marijuana, theft by receiving and a number of traffic offenses and drug possession charges.

As for Wednesday's grand jury action, Trevor Smith was indicted on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine, six counts of use of communication facility in committing a felony, one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, two counts of possession of controlled substances, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, four counts of theft by receiving stolen property, four counts of theft by taking and one count of owning, operating or conducting a chop shop.

Preston Smith was indicted on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, two counts of possession of controlled substances, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, four counts of theft by receiving stolen property, four counts of theft by taking and one count of owning, operating or conducting a chop shop.

The three women and two men indicted on the same bill were Jerry Gene Martin, Terry Pressley Lipe, Shawnda Michelle Williams, Jennifer Brooke Bagwell and Jessica Mae Pinkard.

Martin was indicted on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, two counts of possession of controlled substances, and one count of use of communication facility in committing a felony.

Lipe was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, one count of use of communication facility in committing a felony and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Williams was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, one count of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of use of communication facility in committing a felony and one count of sale of methamphetamine.

Bagwell was indicted on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and one count of use of communication facility in committing a felony.

Pinkard was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, two counts of use of communication facility in committing a felony and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

The case has been assigned a judge.