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Police release sketches in Buckhead robberies

Police release sketches in Buckhead robberies

ATLANTA -- As the Final Four Weekend gears up with thousands here for the games, violent crime in Buckhead has become part of the conversation.

The recent string of three kidnappings and robberies is troubling and Atlanta Police believe the number of suspects could range from two to six.

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On Thursday afternoon, police released a picture, sketch and video of those they believe are responsible for this spike in violent crime.

Atlanta Police are asking for help and say they have a break in this case that may pay dividends, as they are working with the FBI's gang unit.

Man carjacked outside Buckhead home

Man carjacked outside Buckhead home

ATLANTA -- A Buckhead man was carjacked outside his home at around 2 a.m. Friday.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said the victim was in the driveway of his house on Karland Drive NW when two men approached and forced him into his Mercedes.

The suspects drove the victim around Atlanta and made him withdraw money from an ATM. After about 45 minutes of driving, they dropped the victim off on Lee Street SW in southwest Atlanta, where he called 911, Peek said.

Police have found the man's Mercedes, but the suspects are still at large. The victim described his carjackers as two black men.

Peek said the victim was not injured.

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."

Suspect arrested for pharmacy break-in

Suspect arrested for pharmacy break-in

ATLANTA -- Police say they arrested a man suspected of breaking into Tuxedo Pharmacy and Gifts on West Wieuca Road NE early Wednesday.

Police said they were called by a citizen who watched as the man threw a brick through the front door.

When officers arrived at the pharmacy, the man ran out the back door. He was caught in a nearby apartment complex.

Atlanta Police Capt. Adam Lee III said the man was attempting to steal pain medications.

Warrants found for the suspect revealed he is possibly wanted in other jurisdictions for burglary. His name was not released.

Pace Academy teacher charged with possession of child porn

Pace Academy teacher charged with possession of child porn

ATLANTA -- A teacher from Pace Academy has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

A letter that was sent to parents from the Atlanta private school Monday afternoon, said middle and upper school fine arts teacher Joey Villemez had been arrested and charged in conjunction with a multi-year federal investigation.

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School officials said they learned of on Monday.

Villemez was terminated from his employment with Pace upon the school learning of the charges, according to the letter, which was signed by head of schools, Fred Assaf. 

Villemez had been employed at the school for the past seven years.

BUCKHEAD: Homeowner shoots drunk burglar

BUCKHEAD: Homeowner shoots drunk burglar

ATLANTA -- A drunk man who broke into a Buckhead home early Thursday morning was shot by the homeowner, police said.

The incident happened at about 2:05 a.m. at a house on West Paces Ferry Road.

Police said the homeowner heard the suspect kick in the door and left his bedroom to investigate. He shot the man, who was clearly drunk, in the leg.

The suspect's condition is unknown. No other details were immediately available.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.