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Tip leads to three local arrests
Deputies find drugs while taking wanted men into custody
James Edward Powell

Two men wanted on outstanding warrants, as well as a third suspect, are behind bars after deputies with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Targeted Enforcement Patrol, or STEP, acted on a citizen's tip.

STEP deputies responded Thursday to Burkhalter Mobile Home Park, "where a tipster indicated two wanted brothers were living and possibly using methamphetamine," Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with Jerry Foster Morris Jr. and saw James Edward Powell flee to the rear of the home, he said. Powell was located and arrested on outstanding warrants.

Deputies found meth and marijuana inside the home, he said. They learned another wanted man, Michael Eugene Powell had just left, heading to Brooklet. A traffic stop by Brooklet police ended in his arrest on outstanding warrants as well, he said.

All three men were charged and taken to the Bulloch County Jail.

Jerry Foster Morris Jr., 34, of Portal Metter Road in Portal, is charged with methamphetamine possession and marijuana possession. Michael Eugene Powell, 40, of U.S. Highway 80 East in Brooklet, is charged with two counts of child support nonpayment as well as a superior court probation violation. James Edward Powell, 34, Burkhalter Mobile Home Park, is charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, simple assault and obstruction, he said.

Anderson said his office appreciates tips from people concerning wanted persons and illegal activity.

Anonymous tips can be sent to

The STEP unit patrols areas of concern, where residents report unusual criminal activity or express concerns regarding suspicious incidents.

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


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