GBI: Gang member confesses to ordering beating of an associate from prison

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GREENVILLE — On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Tyler Estes, a 25-year-old who they identified as a high-ranking member and organizer of the Ghost Face Gangsters Criminal street gang and charged him with conspiracy to commit battery and two counts of violation of the Georgia criminal gang statute.

The investigation of Estes began at the request of the Meriwether County Sheriff’s office in August.

During the course of the investigation, the GBI determined that staff at the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office intercepted a letter allegedly written by inmate Estes to another Ghost Face Gangsters member who was not in prison.

In the letter, Estes indicated his status as a high-ranking member of the Ghost Face Gangsters and ordered a physical beating attack and expulsion of another Ghost Face Gangsters member who had violated the gang’s codes of street conduct of being disloyal and disregarding the vows of membership.

The disloyalty and disregarding the vows of membership allegedly involved theft of money between members of the gang.

According to the GBI, Estes confessed to being a high-ranking member of the Ghost Face Gangsters and writing the letter to orchestrate the physical attack and expulsion of the gang member.

A background check conducted by the GBI on Estes confirmed his validation as a member of the Ghost Face Gangsters criminal street gang.

The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office assisted the GBI with this investigation. The GBI will continue  its investigation and upon completion, the case will be provided to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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