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29 arrested in local drug bust
Police: Investigation began in Sept.; more arrests expected
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Editor's note: Because of ongoing computer system problems at the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, the mug shots of the suspects were not available Tuesday.Local law enforcement officers have arrested 29 people so far as part of a joint investigation into drug trafficking that began in September.

A joint effort between city and county law enforcement netted 29 arrests by Tuesday morning, and more arrests are expected. Drug agents seized large quantities of cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy was well as cash and an assortment of guns.

The collaboration between Statesboro Police Department Crime Suppression Unit and Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Drug Suppression Team is a joint investigation into drug trafficking that began in September.

Both departments combined to make the arrests Thursday as part of the investigation, which targeted high drug traffic areas, according to a joint news release issued Tuesday by Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner and Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

"There is no grand scheme behind" the arrests, said Bulloch County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins. The arrests are not connected or related to an organized group, but are simply part of a roundup of separate offenders, he said. "We all just got together in neighborhoods where we have been getting a lot of complaints."

After executing eight search warrants Thursday, officers seized a large amount of cash, 2 pounds of marijuana, 2.1 ounces of Ecstasy, 2.5 ounces of powder cocaine, 1 ounce of crack cocaine and seven handguns, the release says.

The investigation isn't over.

"More arrests are anticipated," Anderson and Turner said in the statement. "The agencies have active warrants in reference to drug-related charges on 20 identified suspects."

Photographs of those arrested were unavailable Tuesday due to computer problems experienced at the Bulloch County Jail. The 29 individuals arrested, and their charges, are as follows:

- Martavious Hobbs, 23, Mikell Street; sale of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana
- Thomas Brinson, 42, Ivory Street; four counts sale of cocaine
- Dartarian Braziel, 29, Morris Street; two counts each sale of marijuana and sale within 1,000 feet of housing project, one count each possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug-related object
- Chaqika Wilson, 23, South College Street; possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug-related object
- Tobias Gadson, 27, Morris Street; two counts each sale of marijuana and sale within 1,000 feet of housing project
- Shinte Thompson, 41, Institute Lane; purchase of cocaine, obstruction of law enforcement officer and probation violation
- Donald Young, 56, Ivory Street; sale of cocaine, possession of firearm by convicted felon, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related object, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a disorderly house
- Al Christopher Deon Ponder, 27, Pine Street; sale of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related object
- Charles Clifton Torrence, 41, Johnson Street; sale of cocaine, sale within 1,000 feet of a housing project, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of drug-related objects
- Arell Hobbs, 30, Johnson Street; two counts each sale of cocaine and sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a housing project, one count each possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of drug-related objects
- Edwin Stewart, 33, Lanier Drive; wanted person
- Dennis Eugene Smith, 21, East Jones Avenue; two counts each sale of marijuana and sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park, one count each possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park, wanted person for simple battery (family violence), theft by taking and criminal trespass (family violence)
- Gloria Elliott, 25, East Jones Avenue; sale of marijuana, sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park
- Frank Hancox, 25, Church Street; sale of marijuana
- Vincent D. Peterson, 35, Johnson Street; sale of cocaine, tampering with evidence and misdemeanor possession of marijuana
- Darrell Key, possession of marijuana
- Jeremy Key, two counts sale of marijuana
- Anthony Roberson, two counts sale of marijuana
- Alfonzo Tippins, three counts sale of cocaine, one count possession with intent to distribute cocaine
- Micah Drummer, two counts sale of cocaine
- James Clark, three counts each sale of cocaine and sale of MDMA, two counts possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count each possession with intent to distribute MDMA, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and tampering with evidence
- Gary Allen, possession with intent to distribute MDMA and possession with intent to distribute cocaine
- Larry Hendrix, two counts sale of cocaine
- Marilyn Robers, three counts sale of cocaine, one count each possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of firearm during commission of a crime and possession of cocaine
- Willie Stone, sale of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of firearm during commission of a crime
- Georganna Noe, obstruction of a law enforcement officer
- William Cone, sale of marijuana
- Javarus Whitefield, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of firearm during commission of a crime
- Thomas Reese, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of a crime and possession of firearm by convicted felon

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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