An investigation into a shooting led police to drugs, gang activity and the arrest of 22 people in Lawrenceville within the last three weeks.

The Gwinnett County police Gang Task Force led the operation, which they named Operation Water Hazard, said Cpl. Deon Washington.

It began a little more than two months ago, when a man was shot in the chest and ankle outside a duplex home on Club Drive where he’d been relaxing with a group of friends, according to a police report. The home the man was shot at was next door to a small body of water in the neighborhood. Washington said that’s how Operation Water Hazard earned its name.

The man lived through the ordeal and has since been released from the hospital.

But the investigation into his shooting spiraled into an operation that came to a head Feb. 9 when Gwinnett police’s SWAT and Criminal Investigations Division teamed up with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, the Georgia Army National Guard Counterdrug Task Force and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to execute two search warrants at the duplex.

They found seven guns and a medley of drugs including cocaine, Xanax, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Tramadol, Washington said. Officials obtained more than 30 arrest warrants from the search, including one for a man who is accused of failing to register as a sex offender when he left Michigan.

The 22 people arrested in the operation so far include both men and women who range in age from 20 to 57 years old, according to a press release. Washington said 12 of the suspects were arrested Feb. 9. The remaining 10 trickled into jail from there.

They’re charged with everything from misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony intent to distribute Schedule III and IV drugs. One 25-year-old man was charged with public indecency.

Washington said a few of the arrested suspects could still face gang-related charges.

Gwinnett County police Chief Butch Ayers said the successful operation illustrates the power of local, state and federal law enforcement partnerships.

“We believe that this operation sends a clear message to would-be offenders that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated in Gwinnett County because we strongly value the safety and quality of life of our citizens,” Ayers said.

A total of 14 of the total 22 suspects arrested have been accused of felonies so far.

Christopher Ausmer, 25, is charged with possessing more than an ounce of marijuana.

Damion Bolden, 43, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana, possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Tonquiron Brothern, 20, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute cocaine, marijuana and a schedule IV drug.

Robert Carter, 22, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana.

Eric Lewis, 24, is charged with possessing cocaine.

Eddie Hobbs, 42, is charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, possessing cocaine and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Clarence Hart, 57, faces two charges of possessing and intending to distribute marijuana.

Trevon Ferdinand, 34, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana, cocaine and a schedule IV drug.

Diego Millan, 44, is charged with possessing cocaine.

Cornelius Price, 29, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and a schedule IV drug.

Courtney Robinson, 38, is charged with loitering and prowling as well as failure to register as a sex offender.

Kendrick Richardson, 31, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana, a schedule III drug and two different schedule IV drugs. He’s also charged with possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Michael Tate, 24, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana, cocaine and a schedule IV drug. He’s also charged with possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Kimberly Richardson, 51, is charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana, a schedule III drug and two schedule IV drugs. She’s also charged with possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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