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Wreck on I-16 leads to large drug seizure
3 suspects hospitalized; arrests pending
W drug seizure
Law enforcement officers discovered 7 pounds of high-grade marijuana, MDMA ("Ectasy") and a large amount of money in a vehicle involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 16 Friday night. The arrests of three suspects, currently being treated at Savannah area hospitals for injuries sustained in the wreck, are pending. - photo by BULLOCH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE/special

Three people injured in a wreck on Interstate 16 Friday night apparently had something to hide, but law enforcement officers found the marijuana and Ecstasy they had hoped to keep secret.

Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins said warrants will be issued for the three suspects, whose identities he has not yet released. They remain in Savannah hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the wreck, he said.

Around 10:15 p.m. Friday, Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team Cpl. Mark Guarino and Cpl. Kirk McGlamery, as well as Deputy Ignacio Juarez, responded to an automobile collision on Interstate 16 near mile marker 121. They saw one person involved in the wreck trying to "leave the scene on foot," Akins said. "He, along with two other occupants, had sustained serious injuries in the crash."

Then, deputies "observed a suspicious object just inside the wood line near the crash," Akins said. "The object was determined to be several book bags containing high-grade marijuana.

Another book bag with more marijuana was located inside the vehicle," and "one of the passengers was also found to be in possession of a quantity of MDMA ('Ecstasy')," he said. "In addition, a large quantity of U.S. currency was seized."

In total, 7 pounds of marijuana was recovered, "with a THC content above the norm for this area," he said.

While Georgia State Patrol Post 45 reports regarding the crash were unavailable Monday due to the holiday, Akins said deputies, working with GSP troopers investigating the accident, "were able to determine that the three individuals in the vehicle were traveling from Atlanta back to Savannah when they crashed into the rear of an 18-wheeler."

Warrants will be issued for all three suspects for charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA, felony tampering with evidence and possession/use of a drug-related object. The suspects' identities will be released later, Akins said.



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