Tense, seven-hour standoff with law enforcement officers follows single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 255

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A single-vehicle wreck that knocked down a power pole on Hwy. 255 South Thursday afternoon led to a tense, seven-hour standoff between the driver of the vehicle and law enforcement officers and first responders from several jurisdictions.

The driver of the vehicle, 39-year-old Nathan Shane McCain of Cleveland, was not injured in the crash and when White County deputies arrived on the scene, he fled into a nearby home. The homeowner told authorities McCain first asked them to call 9-1-1 but then began to act erratically, slashing himself  with a knife, causing them to flee the home unharmed.

White County Sheriff Neal Walden said the White County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Alto Police, and Demorest Police surrounded the home and tried unsuccessfully for the next seven hours to get McCain man to surrender.

Around midnight, Walden said, authorities fired several tear gas canisters into the home, ending the standoff and causing the man to surrender.

He was taken to the White County Detention Center where he is charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers and leaving the scene of an accident. Additional charges are pending and an investigation is ongoing.

Walden said deputies were able to enter the house on a couple of occasions, but had to withdraw when McCain fired several shots into the floor of the home.

“It was a team effort by everyone involved,” Walden said. “It was a very dangerous situation and I’m just glad none of the officers was injured.”

Hwy. 255 South was closed for several hours after the incident.

 

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ARDEO Dismantles Drug Trafficking Ring

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Officers with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) conducted a raid over the weekend that dismantled a major drug trafficking organization operating primarily out of Stephens and Habersham counties but supplying drugs to a much wider section of north Georgia including White County.

White County Sheriff Neal Walden congratulated ARDEO officers which includes officers from White at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

“The drug task force took a bite out of the drug trade in northeast Georgia over the weekend,” Walden said. “That was about a 6-8 months investigation. They did a good job taking a lot of drugs, guns and money off the street. It didn’t show any stats in White County but trust me, for these dealers here it’s just a hop skip and jump over to Habersham and Stephens counties. That’s where they’re going to get most of it.”

Together with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and Toccoa Police Department, ARDEO agents served 10 search warrants and 25 arrest warrants for members, suppliers and customers of Donna Beard and Amber Null’s drug trafficking organization.

Execution of the search warrants began with a traffic stop of the alleged suppliers, Brandon Davidson and Jody Higgins, prior to their delivery of methamphetamine to Beard and Null.

Over the course of the eight month investigation, ARDEO agents with the cooperation of the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, used all available investigative techniques at its disposal to bring down a drug trafficking network that has plagued Stephens, Habersham, White and surrounding counties.

The search warrants resulted in the seizure of one pound of methamphetamine, numerous firearms and $38,600 in cash.

Acording to an ARDEO press release, the drug trafficking organization has distributed multiple kilograms of methamphetamine in North Georgia.

This particular investigation is an example of the value of interagency cooperation. Because of the strong, existing relationships between the participating agencies, Agents were able to share intelligence and coordinate the dismantling of a complex drug trafficking organization. This investigation developed as a result of intelligence that was gathered after the previous arrests of Luke Norton, Tonya Loundermilk and Melanie Brock. The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected.

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, and Rabun County, along with the Cleveland 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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Heroin Trafficking Organization Busted

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DEMOREST, Ga. – Authorities say an 18-month investigation sparked by several heroin overdose incidents in Habersham, White and Banks counties resulted in the arrest of members of a major heroin trafficking organization Tuesday.

The White County Sheriff’s Office, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and Georgia Department of Corrections K9 unit executed search warrants at 530 Twin River Orchard Road in Demorest, and 4172 Highway 255 South in Cleveland where they confiscated a large quantity of heroin valued at $7,000. They believe the organization is responsible for trafficking many pounds of heroin valued at nearly $100,000.

Michelle Dawn “Cinnamon” Dorsey, 45, of Demorest, Nigel Alan Waddell, 28, of Cornelia and Tyler Josiah “Big un” Matthews, 28 of Cleveland were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin. All three individuals were transported to the Habersham County Detention Center..

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via Inatant 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 Sheriff’s Offices: in White, Lumpkin, Towns, Banks, Habersham, Stephens, Rabun and Franklin counties along with the police departments in Cleveland, Lavonia and the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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