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Barrow sheriff's deputies make series of drug nabs

WINDER - Barrow County Sheriff's deputies arrested 19 people, several of them from Gwinnett, and seized $135,625 worth of drugs in a sting operation last weekend.

Arrest warrants were issued for a total of 43 people, which includes the 19 arrested. Also seized were $8,650 in U.S. currency and $46,008 in property.

The undercover probe was initiated by multiple drug-related deaths.

Undercover officers made 52 buys over a two-month period in Auburn, Bethlehem, Braselton, Statham and Winder.

Those arrested include:

Kelsey Armbruster, 18, of Atlanta. One count each of trafficking MDMA (Ecstasy) and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Lanny Bentley, 27, of Winder. One count each of sale of oxycontin and sale of hydrocodone.

Sonia Bentley, 45, of Winder. Four counts sale of oxycontin and two counts sale of hydrocodone.

Dency Carcano, 28, of Lilburn. One count of trafficking cocaine.

William Lopez Diaz, 33, of Lawrenceville. One count of trafficking cocaine.

Jason Doerr, 29, of Auburn. One count each of conspiracy to distribute oxycontin and possession of oxycontin.

Peter Franchot, 19, of Atlanta. One count of trafficking MDMA.

Christian Hardy, 22, of Athens. One count each of trafficking cocaine, sale of cocaine and sale of Ecstasy.

Karen Harrison, 28, of Savannah. One count of trafficking methamphetamine.

Essa Jallouk, 32, of Lawrenceville. One count each of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Monterio Lay, 28, of Bethlehem. One count each of trafficking methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine and sale of cocaine.

Roberto Martinez, 27, of Bethlehem. One count on trafficking cocaine.

Daniel Moon, 25, of Winder. One count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Kristopher Moreno, 34, of Jefferson. One count of conspiracy to traffick methamphetamine.

Michael Morris, 49, of Winder. One count each of sale of MDMA, sale of morphine and sale of marijuana.

Christopher Schepis, 35, of Athens. One count of trafficking cocaine.

Brandon Sidwell, 21 of Winder. One count each of conspiracy to distribute oxycontin, possession of oxycontin and fleeing and attempting to elude.

Travis Walton, 28, of Athens. One count of trafficking cocaine.