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Bulloch County meth bust nets 3; fourth suspect sought
Hope Mitchell

Bulloch County sheriff’s investigators arrested three suspects and are seeking a fourth after finding over $30,000 worth of methamphetamine in a Pleasant Point Road home.

The bust took place after a two-month-long investigation, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bill Black.

After receiving several citizen complaints over the past two months, narcotics investigators with the Bulloch County sheriff’s Crime Suppression Team opened an investigation, conducting    surveillance “day and night,” he said.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, investigators and K9 detectives went to the Pleasant Point Road home and spoke with four occupants.

“While at the residence, investigators were able to obtain enough probable cause to secure a search warrant,” Black said.

The CST members searched the home and found drug-related objects, digital scales and “over 5 pounds of methamphetamine … with a street value over $30,000.”

Three suspects were arrested at the scene, but one was released, he said. However, further investigation led to additional evidence needed to charge the fourth suspect. CST members are looking for Joy Leigh Horton, with warrants for her arrest, he said.

The three suspects taken into custody are Hope Elaine Mitchell, 44, and Clifton Webb Pittman, 50, both of Stoney Brook Way in Reidsville, as well as Clarence Ike Johnson, 53, of Pleasant Point Road in Statesboro.

Mitchell is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession/use of drug-related objects.

Pittman is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, parole violation, possession/use of drug-related objects and giving false information.

Johnson’s charges are trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession/use of a drug-related object.

All three are in the Bulloch County Jail without bond, awaiting further court appearances, according to jail records.

Anyone with information on Horton’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Bulloch County CST at (912) 764-1786.

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