Fannin County, GA (November 14, 2023) – Raymond Akins, age 66, of Blue Ridge, GA, has been arrested following a joint drug investigation conducted by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Community Supervision, the FBI Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office. 

Police charged Akins with the following: 

  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute 

  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine 

  • Possession of Drug Related Objects 

  • Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon (45 counts)  

  • Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Felony   

On November 8, 2023, police executed a search warrant at Akins’ home in Blue Ridge, GA. This came after a yearlong investigation into the sale and distribution of illegal drugs at the home. During the execution of the search warrant, police seized about 16 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine, 900 grams of suspected marijuana, 45 firearms, and money.      

Akins was booked into the Fannin County Detention Center. 

Police issued additional arrest warrants for Raymond Akins’s son, Cody Akins. 

The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Community Supervision, FBI Conasuaga Safe Streets, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted this investigation to make an impact on the current street level drug distribution within Fannin County and promote a safer place for productive citizens.

This investigation is active and ongoing. If you have information related to drug activity, you are encouraged to call GBI ARDEO at (706) 348-7410.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.  

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that covers 30 counties in North Georgia and consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices and Police Agencies: White County, Lumpkin County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin County, the Cleveland Police Department and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


Special Agent in Charge Trent Hillsman

(706) 348-7410