An infant was injured when a drug-trafficking suspect fled from law enforcement during a recent multicounty drug sweep, but deputies apprehended the man, and the baby was taken to a hospital for treatment.
During the roundup of several drug-trafficking suspects that was part of a weekslong investigation, Roberto Rashan Blackmon, 34, of Lee Street in Brooklet, attempted to escape arrest by running out the back door of his home with the baby in his arms, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
The infant's head slammed into the door as Blackmon fled, Anderson said. The Department of Family and Children Services was contacted, and Blackmon was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he is being held without bond on charges of trafficking cocaine, obstruction and third-degree cruelty to children. He is also being held on a Screven County bench warrant for cruelty to children, Anderson said.
Blackmon's arrest was part of a weekslong investigation by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team, working in conjunction with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office and the Chatham-Savannah Counter-Narcotics Team, he said.
The CST "shared intelligence and made purchases of large quantities of methamphetamine" during the investigation, he said.
The agencies involved began making arrests Wednesday, seizing "large amounts of methamphetamine, firearms, crack cocaine and prescription pills," he said.
Others arrested in the roundup include:
ä Tracy Lehman Deloach, 42, of Bella Terra Road in Brooklet, also known as "Worm," and William Preston Gibbs, 22, of Thompson Drive in Glennville, both charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Gibbs is being held in the Effingham County Jail following a high-speed chase and has a hold for Bulloch County on the drug charges, Anderson said. Deloach is being held in the Bulloch County Jail.
ä Ander Curtis Jenkins, 21, of Cedarwood Acres Mobile Home Park, also known as "Ice Cream," charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, marijuana possession with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II drug with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects. He is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.
ä Jeremiah Jones Richardson, 29, of Plantation Mobile Home Park, charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent distribute, possession of a schedule III drug with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.
ä Amanda Lisa-Winskie Harrison, 40, of Victorian Court, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule IV drug (two counts), possession of a dangerous drug (six counts), failure to have original containers for prescription drugs (three counts) and possession of a drug-related object. She is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.
ä Gary Lynn Carter, 40, of P.W. Clifton Road, charged with possession of drug-related objects and a bench warrant from Statesboro Municipal Court. He also is being held in the Bulloch County Jail.
Anderson praised the cooperative efforts of all agencies involved in the investigation.
"Both Effingham and Chatham investigators showed great professionalism and team spirit in bringing these suspects to justice and shutting down this methamphetamine pipeline," he said. "As has been demonstrated time and time again, law enforcement partnerships bring results that no one agency alone can accomplish."
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.