Two fugitives, one wanted in Hall, arrested in Forsyth Co.

Forsythe County authorities recently arrested two fugitives, one who had been on the run for two years, and another who was wanted in Hall County.


“On April 11, 2024, the Forsyth County Warrant Unit along with (other local authorities from the area) and the U.S. Marshals Office arrested 42-year-old Vanus Nichols in Dawsonville. Nichols had a Felony Probation warrant; his original charge was Possession with Intent to Sell Methamphetamine. He had been on the run since April 2022.

Vanus was taken into custody without injury, after first trying to avoid deputies as they pulled into his residence. He was also wanted by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.”


“In the beginning of April, the JCAF (Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Forsyth) drug task force received information about drug trafficking activity at 8540 Fields Ford Road (in Cumming).

The task force learned that 47-year-old Billy Benefield was renting a room at the home and (using) a yellow Penske truck to obtain several ounces of methamphetamine. He also had active warrants out of Hall County. The investigation also revealed that (Benefield) rented the truck out of Illinois and only paid for a single (day’s) rental. They were reporting the truck as stolen.

On April 24, 2024 a traffic stop was conducted on the truck and Billy Benefield was taken into custody for his active warrants. K9 Calvin was called to the location and alerted to the vehicle.

A search was conducted and three bags of methamphetamine weighing 18 Grams, a bag of psilocybin mushroom weighing 15 Grams, and other drug paraphernalia were seized. Billy Benefield was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule I drug with intent to distribute, possession of drug related items and violation of a license class, theft by receiving a motor vehicle. He remains in the Forsyth County Jail on no bond.”