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UPDATE: International drug operation busted in LaFayette

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UPDATE:  On August 5, The Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force arrested 42-year-old Walter Mac Waters at his home on Culberson Ave in Lafayette after receiving a tip he was selling various prescription drugs and illegal steroids there. 

Neighbors that live just a few doors down from Waters are relieved he is finally behind bars for two reasons; the high volume of people that would drive by has stopped and the people that share his white supremacy beliefs are gone.

Neighbors say, his beliefs have them living in fear. 

Directly across the street from his home kids gather outside to ride their bikes and play.  

Detective Patrick Doyle says, the suspect will face drug trafficking charges but there is nothing  they can do about what Waters does on his own property


PREVIOUS STORY: An international drug trafficking operation has been busted in North Georgia. It's the result of a year-long investigation by local and federal agencies. Now a LaFayette couple is behind bars. Detectives say they've also been leading a "pro-white" organization.

Investigators searched four locations around LaFayette Tuesday and found tens of thousands of pills. They say the investigation isn't over. It's a massive operation that included the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspector because they say the couple was mailing out and receiving narcotics from overseas.

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The drugs were already categorized and bagged up. They haven't made a final count, but estimate tens of thousands of pills including Valium and Xanax, and injectable steroids. They also seized more than $125,000.

"An untold amount of illegal drugs are off the streets in this area and probably across the U.S.," Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

Investigators say 42-year-old Walter Mac Waters, Jr. and 32-year-old Lacey Waters were running the operation. He was already on parole out of Whitfield County on a cocaine conviction. Now both are in the Walker County Jail charged with several counts of drug trafficking.

"We did have some evidence of things being mailed in and mailed out," Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Commander Patrick Doyle said.

"Keeps this out of our kids hands and other addicts that wouldn't normally have access to something like this," Trion Police Chief Chad Scraggins said.

Detectives say the case got even more disturbing after discovering the couple leads a Nazi-enthusiast organization called Aryan Kindred Church of Yahweh with more than 500 followers. Online videos and pictures make it clear.

"We are a pro-white group out of North Georgia," Walter Waters said in one video.

"I think we killed two birds with one stone because he's got a drug problem and he's Nazi," LaFayette Police Chief Bengie Clift said.

Chief Clift grew up with him in school and says he doesn't want him on the streets of LaFayette anymore.

"Our town doesn't need anything like that. We don't promote it and don't want it," Chief Clift said.

In Georgia the minimum penalty for drug trafficking is 30 years behind bars. The number of counts they face depends on the total count and variety of narcotics seized. Officials say federal prosecution is also likely.

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