Alert White County deputy makes drug bust

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — An alert White County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a car turn onto Daybreak Road and turn off its lights during the pre-dawn hours today. That action heightened the deputies suspicion, especially because it was dark and raining the time and visibility was poor.

The deputy decided to investigate and he approached two people standing outside the car in the rain.  He witnessed one of these people throw a small quantity of methamphetamine in the floorboard of the car and requested assistance from the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO).

Authorities searched the car and found approximately six ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of marijuana, various prescription pills and $4,677.  The street value of the illegal narcotics is approximately $20,000.

Melissa Jane Grizzle, 41, of Alto, David Bryan Ferguson, 38, of  Flowery Branch and Cassandra Lynelle Medlock, 28, of Sautee Nachoochee were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

They were transported to the White County Detention Center.  This investigation continues and additional charges are pending.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via IM or at 706-348-7410 or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Toccoa Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

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White County BOC work session set for Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga.The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a combined work session and called meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 1235 Helen Highway.

During the work session, commissioners will hold two public hearings. The first is to consider the application for a land use permit submitted by Todd Campbell to redistrict 3.2 acres located at 1617 Hwy. 115 East from Community Commercial District (C1) to Highway Business District (C2).

The second public hearing is to consider the application for a land use permit filed by Tina M. Della for 1.66 acres  located at 373 Yonah Mountain Road. The proposed use is to place the property in a “Rent by Owner” program. The present use is Residential Single Family District (R1).

Commissioners will also consider awarding contracts to for senior services,  animal control/veterinary services and scoreboards for ball fields at Mount Yonah Preserve.

The Board will also:

  • Hear the presentation of a proclamation in recognition of Retired Educators Day;
  • Hear an update of the Chestate/Chattahoochee RC&D Council activities;
  • Consider contributing to the “Cabin Fever Campaign” to relocate a historic Appalachian log cabin to the visitor’s center at Smithgall Woods State Park;
  • Hear a n update of the SPLOST program;
  • Discuss options for a scholarship program at White County Parks and Recreation Department;
  • Discuss approval for the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program application for the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO);
  • Discuss revisions to the fire recover fee schedule in accordance with revised Federal Emergency Management Agency standards;
  • Discuss submitting Westmoreland Road repairs for the 2019 local maintenance and improvement program (LMIG) for deep patching, leveling and resurfacing from Hwy. 129 to Hwy. 154;
  • Discuss awarding two certificates of deposit currently held by United Community Bank;
  • Discuss changes to the Alliant/Health Partners Network effecting county employees access to Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic providers;
  • Discuss an appointment to the White County Board of Health to fulfill the remainder of a six-year term previously held by Emmett Shotts.

Immediately following the work session, commissioners will hold a called meeting to consider entering into an executive session in order to discuss personnel.

 

 

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Cleveland man arrested for possession, intent to distribute meth

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Citizens’ complaints led to the arrest of a White County man on drug charges Wednesday,

The Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) arrested Lamar Swindoll at his residence on Skitts Mountain Road.

A search of his residence uncovered 19 grams of methamphetamine. Street value of the narcotics is estimated to be $2,000. Swindoll was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He was transported to the White County Detention Center.

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for ARDEO@appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook@appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County the Cleveland Police Department, the Lavonia Police Department, and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Alert White County deputy leads to big meth seizure

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – While completing a routine security check Friday, an alert White County deputy noticed a storage unit door was open and feared it had been burglarized. What he discovered, however, was not a burglary, but a cache of illegal narcotics, including about eight pounds of crystal meth and a stolen handgun.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) was called to assist with the investigation. Authorities then executed search warrants on the storage unit along with a neighboring storage unit and discovered $12,000.00, which led to the execution of a warrant at 55 Driskell Road in Cleveland where they found additional evidence. The street value of the illegal narcotics seized is $395,000.

Jason Scott Hawkins, 43, was arrested at the residence and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Hawkins was transported to the White County Detention Center. This investigation continues and additional arrests are expected.

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity, look for ARDEO@appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook@appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram. The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, the Cleveland Police Department, the Lavonia Police Department, the Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

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Two arrested for drug possession in Helen

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HELEN, Ga. — Agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and Helen Police Department executed search warrants Thursday and arrested 47-year-old Michael Shane Hayes and 37-year-old Christopher Walden.

Hayes was arrested for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Tramadol) and methamphetamine. Walden was arrested for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Tramadol) with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

The total street value of contraband seized is approximately $2,000. Tramadol is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. The investigation continues and further arrests are expected.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via instant messenger or at 706-348-7410 or contact your local sheriff’s office or police department.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Jackson County, and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

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Citizen tip leads to drug bust in White County

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A citizen’s complaint is responsible for taking more methamphetamine off the streets of White County this week.

Following a two-month investigation, the White County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) served a search warrant at David Bell’s residence, 96 Greenview Court, that resulted in the seizure of 16 grams of methamphetamine, a .22 caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.

The street value of the illegal narcotics is $1,600. Christian Poulos, 22, was at Bell’s house and was arrested for probation violation warrants. Bell, 36, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers. Bell and Poulos were transported to the White County Detention Center.

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for ARDEO @appalachiandtf on Twitter or follow on Facebook @appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, the Cleveland Police Department, the Lavonia Police Department, and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Alto woman charged with murder after another major drug bust in north Georgia

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Ashley Sosbee

CLEVELAND, Ga. – An Alto woman was charged with felony murder and 17 people were arrested Friday when agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), Mt. Airy Police Department and Department of Corrections busted a major heroin trafficking ring operating in north Georgia.

Ashley Sosbee, 25, was charged in connection with the overdose death of Adam Hicks. The five-month investigation into Hicks’ death led to opiod-related search warrants in Habersham and Franklin counties and a total of 17 arrests for violation of the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) statute.

In a press release, Special Agent Mitchell Posey said, “Authorities have worked tirelessly to bring the people responsible for the death of Adam Hicks to justice. This investigation speaks loudly to opioid dealers that law enforcement will not sit idly on the sidelines as the people in our communities die.”

The release also identifies others charged as: 19-year-old Cole Dalton, of Alto, charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin; 76-year-old Bud Heaton, of Baldwin, charged with Sale of Controlled Substances Schedule II (Oxycodone) and Possession Schedule II With Intent to Distribute Oxycodone; 48-year-old James Heumaneus, of Cornelia, charged with Sale of Controlled Substances Schedule II (Oxycodone); 49-year-old Janie Rogers, of Carnesville, charged with Sale of Schedule II (Oxycodone), Possession of Marijuana Less Than One Ounce and Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule II (Oxycodone); 40-year-old Karen Shope, of Baldwin, Sale of Controlled Substance Schedule I (Methamphetamine); 47-year-old Tina Smelcer, of Cornelia, Possession of Schedule II Control Substance;  49-year-old Tilynn Ivester, of Baldwin, Possession of Schedule IV Control Substance; 33-year-old Brandi Freeman, of  Mt. Airy, Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Abandonment of Dangerous Drugs; 35-year-old James Chadrick Harrelson, of Mt. Airy, Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Abandonment of Dangerous Drugs; and 44-year-old Jacqueline Galliher, of Mt. Airy, Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule IV and Possession of Schedule II Control Substance.

In addition, Habersham authorities executed arrest warrants for RICO on: Ashley Sosbee, 25, of Alto; Jordan Flanagan, 25, of Alto; Brandon Burton, 25, of Cornelia, Georgia; Dustin Thomas, 22, of Alto; Grant Martin, 21, of Cornelia; Jessica Hancock, 23, of Clarkesville; and Patricia Blacklock, 20, of Gainesville.

 

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Law enforcement disrupts major marijuana distribution ring operating in three counties

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Steven Pruitt

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and multiple local law enforcement agencies including White County and the Cleveland Police Department disrupted a large marijuana distribution organization operating in White, Habersham and Gwinnett counties last week.

White County authorities learned about the organization through tips from the local community. On Feb. 2, search warrants were executed at Steven Pruitt’s residence at 110 Rolling Ridge Drive in Cleveland where eight pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax and numerous firearms were confiscated.

ARDEO Agents and Norcross Police also executed a search warrant at Evan Johnstone and William Blake Moore’s townhome in Norcross where they found 14 pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of THC wax, 104 .500 mL THC Vape Cartridges, and $42,169 in cash.

Evan Johnstone

Johnstone and Ryan Crispin were arrested with cash and drugs in their possession during traffic stops in White County. An investigation indicated Crispin was coming to White County to purchase marijuana from Pruitt and that Johnstone and Moore supplied Pruitt with marijuana and the THC wax.

Overall, the operation yielded $56,253 in cash and took $546,000 of illegal narcotics off the streets.

Agents believe a large quantity of the marijuana was smuggled into Georgia from states that have legalized marijuana. It also appears Johnstone and Moore were producing their own THC wax, a highly potent THC-concentrated mass that contains extraordinarily high THC levels.

William Crispin

Pruitt, 33, Crispin, 20, and Johnstone, 25, were charged under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute and transported to the White County Detention Center. A RICO warrant has been issued for Moore, but he has not yet been arrested.

Anyone with information about Moore or who would like to report suspicious drug activity can do so via instant message or by calling 706-348-7410.

 

 

Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at FetchYourNews.com

 

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