Gilmer Sheriff’s Office reports arrest of “Ghost Face” member Jeremy Kelley

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County is reporting the arrest of a gang member tonight. Gilmer County is no stranger to the Ghost Face gang name. With ties all over, news reports have followed arrests of these gang members from Augusta to counties in South Carolina and more. The Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force has had previous run-ins with the gang as have Sheriff Departments like Gilmer. Tonight, Gilmer Sheriff Stacy Nicholson and the Sheriff’s Office are reporting the arrest of Jeremy Kelley in East Ellijay.

According to their release, “On Friday morning, July 16, 2021, Sheriff Stacy Nicholson was contacted by the Stephens County, GA Sheriff in reference to Jeremy Kelley. Sheriff Shirley explained to Sheriff Nicholson that Kelley was being sought for Burglary and Auto Theft in Gwinnett County. Further, Roswell Police Dept., who had encountered Kelley earlier in the week, had multiple charges for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer and other charges related to an incident when they tried to apprehend Kelley.”

A resident of Stephens County, Kelley has been wanted by that Sheriff’s office for some time. During their search, Stephens County received information that he was possibly in a Gilmer County hotel.

Additionally, Kelley was believed to be traveling with a female by the name of Stephanie Summers. Gilmer’s release stated that Sheriff Shirley provided Sheriff Nicholson with pictures and a description of a possible vehicle the two might be traveling in.

With the two counties in cooperation, Gilmer County deputies responded to the information traveling to the Comfort Inn & Suites in East Ellijay. Sheriff Nicholson also personally responded alongside the county’s deputies during the operation.


Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson

Their release states, “As Sheriff Nicholson rode by the Comfort Inn & Suites in East Ellijay to check for the described vehicle, he saw who he thought to be Kelley standing in the parking lot.”

While the suspect re-entered the building, the reports states that authorities watched the parking lot nearly an hour before the individual, believed to be Kelley, re-appeared. As the deputies moved in to approach the individual, authorities say that he fled on foot. Giving chase, they followed him to the back side of the Comfort Inn & Suites and apprehended him. At that time, authorities positively identified the suspect as Jeremy Kelley.

After a Search Warrant was obtained for the hotel room, authorities located over a pound of Methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics. Reports also indicated they located heroin, but only stated a “trafficking amount” for the size. Gilmer Sheriff’s Office also apprehended items that had been reported stolen from Gwinnett County.

Authorities have also taken Stephanie Summers into custody, charging her with “Hindering the Apprehension of a Fugitive.”

Sheriff Nicholson states, “I want to commend my Deputies for a great job of safely and effectively taking a serious drug-dealing Ghost Face gang member off the streets, and I am just glad I was able to get knee deep in the action.”

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