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DeKalb man found guilty of trafficking children

DeKalb man found guilty of trafficking children

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man faces more than 200 years in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking.

Darryl Curry will be sentenced Mar. 26. A DeKalb County jury found him guilty Monday of 13 felony counts, including trafficking, pimping and sexual exploitation of children.

"(Curry) is a monster who preyed upon young and impressionable girls for his own personal and financial gain," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement.

Police began investigating Curry in October 2011, when one of his victims called them. Investigators eventually found a second victim and uncovered evidence against Curry, including videos of him instructing others on how to become pimps and get rich by exploiting women.

1 dead after shooting at Buford Highway apartments

1 dead after shooting at Buford Highway apartments

ATLANTA -- One person was killed and another was wounded in a shooting at a DeKalb County apartment complex Friday morning.

The shooting was first reported at around 11 a.m. at the Villas at Druid Hills apartments on Buford Highway.

DeKalb County Police said the shooting appeared to be the result of an argument.

A man was killed in the gunfire, while a woman was injured and transported to a local hospital. Their names were not released.

Police have not yet named any suspects.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced a convicted pimp to 60 years in prison.

The jury returned its verdict Friday, finding Erik Djon Ferguson guilty on 16 counts, including pimping and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

Ferguson was allowed to make a statement in court.

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.


Dept. of Education employee arrested for child pornography

Dept. of Education employee arrested for child pornography

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A career employee with U.S. Department of Education was arrested for using his work computer to view child pornography.

Clarkston resident Joseph Butler, 66, was arrested Thursday. Investigators said he found a way to work around the filtering software on his computer and download child porn from foreign websites.

Federal agents seized Butler's computer in June after learning of his suspicious activity from network administrators. A subsequent search of the suspect's DeKalb County home in July uncovered more child pornography.

Butler has been suspended without pay during the investigation, according to Patrick Crosby with the U.S. Department of Justice