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Changes for Habersham task force that injured baby in drug raid

The Appalachian Drug Task Force is a multi-county drug enforcement agency supervised by the GBI.
Bou Phonesavanh

HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. -- The drug task force involved in a controversial raid that injured a Hambersham County baby will no longer be in operation. Instead it's joining a larger task force supervised by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Bou "Baby Bou Bou" Phonesavanh was hospitalized in May after a flash grenade landed in the playpen he was sleeping in. Members of the Mountain NCIS Team in Habersham County were were looking for a suspected drug dealer at the time.

State and Federal officials have been looking into the incident and a grand jury plans to hear the case.

The baby and his family have moved back to their home state of Wisconsin.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says "There is nothing specific about the timing of this. We looked at merging with the Appalachian Drug Task Force back in 2009 but it wasn't financially possible."

"We're very excited about this. It gives all of our officers GBI training. We'll have more manpower because the GBI has some of its agents work with our officers. We'll also have greater access to intelligence," he added.

The attorney for the baby's family, Mawuli Davis, questions the timing of this.

According to a press release, as of Wednesday the current task force is now part of the Appalachian Drug Task Force, which serves the counties of the Mountain Judicial Circuit.

The Appalachian Drug Task Force is a multi-county drug enforcement agency which is a collaborative effort between the GBI and local law enforcement. The agency is supervised by the GBI.

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