11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.
In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.
Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."
"These drugs are literally poisons."
According to the federal indictment, Nutragenomics manufactured and marketed "Mr. Miyagi" to stores in dozens of states.
The U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed that Green and Malone have pled guilty to the most serious of the charges they were facing -- drug trafficking.
11Alive News has learned that at the same time Green and Malone were building their synthetic drug empire they also founded a non-profit organization whose mission was to help people struggling with addiction and mental illness.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, the Pam Green Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2010.
The annual registration with the Secretary of State's Office lists the same CEO, Drew T. Green, and the same physical address as Nutragenomics.
The Pam Green Foundation is currently operating a "Sobriety Living Home" for recovering addicts at a Sandy Springs duplex.
Sandy Springs recently cited the facility for zoning violations because they did not have permission to operate a halfway house or rehab center in that neighborhood.
But Dyer, who's scheduled to testify at Green and Malone's sentencing in January, says he questions the motives of the facility's founders.
"What drug dealer wants a drug addict to get better?" Dyer said.