GBI: Head of fentanyl distribution ring jailed in Gainesville after year-long investigation

Two weeks ago, the GBI arrested a man in Hall County agents consider the head of fentanyl distribution organization. Contacted at that time about his arrest after he appeared on the list of inmates in the Hall County Jail, a GBI spokeswoman said she was waiting to “hear back” from the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office. Well, Wednesday night, the agency made some details available, issuing the following statement:

“In August 2022, the GBI Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office began an investigation into Tony Griffith and his fentanyl distribution organization.

During the investigation, undercover agents purchased suspected fentanyl from Griffith within 1,000 feet of a school inside Hall County.

Recently, Griffith was apprehended and taken to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on his criminal offenses.

Griffith was charged with two counts of Sale of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl), two Counts of Sale of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) within 1,000 Feet of a School, Trafficking Fentanyl, and Use of Communication Facility in Committing or Facilitating a Drug Transaction.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: As of Wednesday night, Griffith was still in the Hall County Jail where he was being held without bond.)