Lumpkin/Hall Counties, GA (November 15, 2023) – Dorian Dorsey, age 37, of Gainesville, GA and Amanda Howard, age 45, of Gainesville, GA, have been arrested following a joint drug investigation by the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office. 

Police charged Dorsey and Howard with the following on November 10, 2023:  

  • Dorian Dorsey- 2 counts trafficking fentanyl (GSP secured warrants for several traffic offenses) 

  • Amanda Howard - 1 count trafficking fentanyl 

Dorsey was taken into custody after a brief car chase in Lumpkin County, GA.  GSP assisted AREDEO in the arrest.   

Police seized about two ounces of suspected fentanyl found in the vehicle.  The investigation conducted by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and ARDEO, also led to a search warrant in the 3500 block of Thompson Bend, Gainesville, GA, where police discovered more drugs. 

During this investigation, police seized about five ounces of suspected fentanyl with a street value of $20,000. Additional charges and arrests are expected in Lumpkin and Hall Counties. 

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted this investigation to make an impact on the current street level drug distribution in Lumpkin County and Hall Counties and promote a safer place for productive citizens. 

If you have information related to drug activity, you are encouraged to call 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 consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department and the Toccoa Police Department,  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