Hall County, GA (December 27, 2023) – The GBI has arrested and charged Fernando Martinez, age 51, of Gainesville GA, with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine and six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The arrest resulted from a search warrant at Pine Circle Drive, Gainesville, GA, on December 21, 2023.  

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Georgia State Patrol, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office arrested Martinez for his involvement in trafficking suspected methamphetamine and illegal firearms. This investigation lasted more than one year and led to the seizure of more than two pounds of suspected methamphetamine, seven firearms, and over $3,000. The street value of the seized methamphetamine is about $12,000.  

Martinez was booked into the Hall County Jail.  

This investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected. 

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 https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, 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