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Three face drug charges after sting
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Three teenagers suspected of selling drugs to local high school students have been arrested, authorities said.

Tyler O’Donnell, 19, Brandon Smith, 17, and Matthew Webber, 18, have each been charged with one count of sales of marijuana.

O’Donnell, a Dawsonville resident, was also charged with burglary, use of a communication device for the violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and various traffic offenses.

He is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Webber remained in custody Friday night on $22,220 bond.

He also has been charged with of a communication device for the violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Based on their addresses, Webber and Smith are neighbors on the same street, Fedorite Walk, in west Forsyth.

Smith was released after posting $11,110, jail records show.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said authorities investigated allegations that the suspects had been selling marijuana to students at local high schools, including Lambert, South and West Forsyth.

The three were arrested following an undercover operation, he said.

Authorities began looking into the teens’ activities following a burglary over the Memorial Day holiday weekend at No Longer Bound, a drug and alcohol recovery program, on Pine Grove Road.

The facility reported that miscellaneous power tools and about $300 worth of copper were missing, investigators said.

Sheriff’s Investigator Matt Runion said they received a tip that O’Donnell had been talking about the burglary.

They later found a receipt on him for recycling copper at a business in Dawson County.

Runion said he also found several of the missing power tools at area pawn shops.