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Six arrested on drug, gun charges
Sweep at Park Place Villas nets suspects
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The Statesboro Police Department’s Impact Team rounded up six suspects in a drug and gun sweep Wednesday at Park Place Villas on Lanier Drive.

Impact Team agents, assisted by detectives and patrol officers, executed a search warrant at an apartment there and “discovered a significant quantity of marijuana, drug-related objects and three firearms, one of which was stolen,” said Statesboro police Community Information Specialist Madison Warren.

After collecting evidence, officers arrested the six suspects on various charges, including outstanding warrants from other agencies, she said.

Those arrested were:

  •      Jahkye Nasir Anderson, 17, street address unavailable (Statesboro) — possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
  •      Justin Uriah Barrett, 18, Golden Gate Lane — two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug-related objects, maintaining a disorderly house.
  •      Nyasha Jaqual Lanier, 40, Golden Gate Lane — theft by receiving stolen property in another state, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, maintaining a disorderly house.
  •       Kegan Colby Smith, 25, Audoban Street, Augusta — theft by receiving stolen property in another state, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  •       Savin Darrell Jones, 19, Lanier Drive — possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession/use of drug-related objects.
  •       Herman Johnson, 18, Lark Lane — possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession/use of drug-related objects.

All six were taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await further court hearings.

The arrests reflect that the “Impact Team is conducting proactive investigations that affect the quality of life of our citizens,” Warren said.

Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead said further raids will take place as police work to make the city safer.

“A significant number of the armed robberies committed in our community are drug motivated, and usually happen at known drug houses,” he said. “The vast majority of the residents of Park Place are law-abiding people who want a safe neighborhood to raise their children. Individuals bringing drugs and the potential for violence into a family neighborhood and putting the children who live there at risk is not acceptable.”

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

Anonymous tips may also be made at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TIPSSPD” followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Warren said.

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