Hiawassee man charged with theft, possession of hallucinogen

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Hiawassee crime

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of an unwanted subject at a local Dollar Store, later locating the male subject at a residence on Mauldin Circle in Hiawassee.

While the specifics surrounding the incident are unclear, the subject was taken in to custody shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Michael Thomas patrick

Michael Thomas Patrick

Michael Thomas Patrick, 54, of Hiawassee, was arrested by Towns County Sheriff’s Office for the following offenses:

  • One Count Theft by Taking
  • One Count Possession of Schedule III, V, IV – Hallucinogens
  • One Count *Dangerous Drug Defined*
  • One Count Drugs to be Kept in Original Container

Patrick was transported to the Towns County Detention Center. The case was forwarded to Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Patrick is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

While it is unknown which “dangerous drug” was recovered as a result of the incident, the term is defined as any other drug or substance declared by the General Assembly to be a dangerous drug; to include any of the following drugs, chemicals, or substances; salts, isomers, esters, ethers, or derivatives of such drugs, chemicals, or substances which have essentially the same pharmacological action; all other salts, isomers, esters, ethers, and compounds of such drugs, chemicals, or substances unless specifically exempted.

 

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Hiawassee traffic stop takes more methamphetamine off streets

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Amanda Wheeler Hiawassee

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – A traffic stop conducted by Hiawassee Police Department led to yet another drug arrest during the afternoon hours of Saturday, Dec. 8, near the intersection of Main Street and Bell Creek Road.

Amanda Aveline Wheeler, 39, of Hiawassee, was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

Hiawassee Police Department

Evidence retrieved by Hiawassee Police Department

16-13-30 DRUGS- METHAMPHETAMINE POSSESSION OF
16-13-30 DRUGS- METHAMPHETAMINE  SALE/DELIVER/DISTRIBUTE
16-13-30 DRUGS- MARIJUANA POSSESSION LESS THAN 1 OUNCE
16-13-30H POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE IV DRUGS
16-13-32.2 POSSESSION AND USE OF DRUG RELATED OBJECTS

A probable cause search was conducted due to an odor of marijuana wafting from the the interior of the vehicle. According to the Hiawassee Police Department, Wheeler offered that a quantity of marijuana was, in fact, present within the glove box of the vehicle, prior to the execution of the search.

“I started the search by opening the glove compartment. Once open, I located a small plastic bag that contained a quantity of marijuana that had a total weight of less than one ounce,” the arresting officer wrote in a report requested and obtained by FYN, “I then continued the search and in the back seat, there was a bag that contained Ms. Wheeler’s personal items. Inside the bag, I located a small black case that contained two plastic bags with methamphetamine, a clear plastic case with methamphetamine, a set of digital scales, and a plastic bag with several empty red plastic bags.”

In addition, Wheeler allegedly possessed a loose benzodiazepine pill, and had an outstanding warrant from Clay County, North Carolina.

Wheeler was transported to the Towns County Detention Center, and faces criminal prosecution.

Wheeler is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Sheriff’s Office seizes vehicle, over $13K in drug distribution arrest

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Joseph Carson Loog

Joseph Carson Loog

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Black Chrysler PT Cruiser on Kelly Road in Hiawassee. Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators assisted the deputies with the traffic stop. Upon investigation, the vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Carson Loog, 41, of Paris, TN.

Loog was charged with the following crimes:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
  •  1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of marijuana
  • 1 Count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • 1 Count Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
  • 1 Count of Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement
  • 1 Count of Driving on Suspended License
  • 1 Count of No Proof of Insurance
  • 1 Count of No Seatbelt

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, during the course of the investigation, seized a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, $13,973 in cash, a 9mm handgun, a portable scanner, a set of scales, along with other miscellaneous items.

The investigation is active and ongoing; additional arrests and charges are probable.

The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Loog is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Feature Photo: (L-R) Investigator Jay McCarther, Sheriff Chris Clinton, Lt. Aaron Deyton

 

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Routine Traffic Stop leads to Heroin Arrest

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department conducted a routine traffic stop on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 15, upon witnessing a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu improperly traveling east on Main Street, unlawfully occupying the center turning lane. State law prohibits the use of a central turn lane in excess of 300 feet of travel.

The driver was identified as Lisa Beth Bradley, 55, of Roswell, Georgia.

Lisa beth bradley

Lisa Beth Bradley

“I noticed as I was talking to the driver that she was sweating more so than seemed normal, her eyes were very constricted, and she seemed very nervous,” the officer stated in the report obtained by FYN, “The driver then advised me that she was distracted due to her vehicle overheating.”

Upon requesting Bradley exit the vehicle, and observing additonal behavior which led the officer to question the condition of the driver, the officer inquired as to whether Bradley was taking medication. According to the officer’s report, Bradley stated that she was not, shortly thereafter divulging a methadone prescription. Hiawassee Police Department purportedly retained consent to search Bradley’s vehicle – with Bradley documented as repeatedly responding “if you have to” – prompting law enforcement to subsequently discover the methadone and a pipe, resemblant to that of a narcotic smoking device, “burnt on both ends” along with a “small clear baggie with what appeared to be heroin or possibly crack cocaine.”

Hiawassee Police Department

According to the Hiawassee Police Department, nine syringes were found in the suspect’s vehicle

Hiawassee Police Department stated that when asked if the substance was heroin, Bradley replied, “I believe so.”

Methadone, a powerful narcotic, is often legally prescribed to heroin and opioid users as replacement therapy to quell the harsh withdrawl symptoms experienced from discontinuation of the initial drug of abuse.

Bradley was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession and Use of Drug-Related Objects, and Improper Use of Central Turn Lane. Bradley was transported to the Towns County Detention Center, with the investigation turned over to the Towns County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley’s vehicle was towed and impounded.

Bradley is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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UPDATED: Young Harris man arrested for methamphetamine distribution

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Michael Byers Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Michael Dean Byers, 46, of Young Harris, was apprehended and arrested following a traffic stop on Friday, Sept. 7, after three felony warrants for trafficking methamphetamine were issued. Towns County Sheriff’s Office seized the BMW 325 that Byers was driving.

Towns count Sheriff's Office

BMW driven by Byers, seized by Towns County Sheriff’s Office

According to law enforcement officials with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), a search of Michael Byers’ home on Sept. 5,  in Young Harris off of KIng Cove Road, led to the discovery of an ounce of methamphetamine.

FYN has learned that Byers was wanted in connection with an ARDEO operation, “Unicoi Pipeline,” a 16-month investigation involving a dozen law enforcement agencies which led to the seizure of 15 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at over $750,000.

According to law enforcement officials, Charles Michael Ledford and Bobby Roger Burch were responsible for distributing methamphetamine in North Georgia, and Clay County, North Carolina, over the course of a two year period.

Clay County Sheriff's Office

Firearms seized from a Clay County residence

According to GBI Special Agent in Charge Mitchell Posey, three pounds of methamphetamine was concealed in a battery in Burch’s truck after allegedly leaving Ledford’s Conyers residence, traveling toward Hayesville, North Carolina.

Authorities state twelve additional pounds of methamphetamine were discovered upon execution of a search warrant at Ledford’s home.

Methamphetamine seized by ARDEO

In addition, law enforcement seized firearms from Burch’s residence in Clay County, North Carolina, many of which were alledgedly stolen.

UPDATED: Charles Michael Ledford, 48, of Conyers was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine. Ledford was transported to the Rockdale County Detention Center.

Bobby RogerBurch, 47, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine. Warrants are pending in Clay County, NC for Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substances, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine, and Possession of Stolen Firearm. Burch was transported to the Hall County Detention Center.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton would like to express special appreciation to ARDEO, Enotah District Attorney’s Office, and the additional law enforcement agencies that assisted in the joint operation.

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Loitering suspect arrested for methamphetamine at local store

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies, along with an officer from the Hiawassee Police Department, responded to the Lakeview store on Highway 76 East in Hiawassee, in reference to a subject who was loitering on the property.Kendall Hiawassee

Upon arriving on the scene, the officers located the subject whom the compliant was received about, still on the store property.

Upon further investigation, the subject identified as Carey Edward Kendall, 37, of Hiawassee.

Kendall was arrested and charged with One Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer, and One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine.

The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Robin H. Webb

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North Carolinians ask police for directions, ultimately arrested on drug charges

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HIawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – What might appear to some as a seemingly innocent incident led to the arrest of two North Carolina men, charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Drug Related Object, thanks to the work of an observant law enforcement officer.

On the evening of Monday, Aug. 6, a Hiawassee Police Department patrol officer was in the parking lot of a local business when the officer was approached by two white males in a white Ford F250, requesting directions. The officer advised the driver that an incoming call for service needed to be addressed, but if the individuals wished to wait, the officer would return shortly to assist in the matter.

According to the detailed incident report, the officer returned soon thereafter to where the men were awaiting directions, when the driver claimed that they had traveled from Cherokee, North Carolina, in search of a gated campground in the area.

As the driver was speaking, the Hiawassee officer observed that the man was “sweating profusely,” that his eyes appeared “extremely dialated,” in addition to “talking very rapidly.”

The officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle. Upon questioning the driver’s condition, the driver said that he had been in a motorcycle accident, and was currently on “Roxy 10’s,” a prescription pain medication, stating that he had taken the opioid an hour and a half prior to contact with the police department.

The driver was identified as Austin Cody Fuller, 20, of Cherokee, NC, and the passenger as Ronald David Warren, 42, of Bryson City, NC.

Upon requesting assistance from the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, the Hiawassee Police Department officer requested that Warren exit the vehicle. After speaking with the individuals and suspecting illicit activity, the officer requested permission to search the vehicle. According to the incident report, Fuller stated, “I don’t care,” along with “It doesn’t bother me.”

Once consent to search was granted, law enforcement officers located a glass smoking device containing methamphetamine, in addition to two additional baggies of methamphetamine, one within the vehicle, the other inside of the Warren’s pocket, following his arrest.

Allen and Fuller were transported to the Towns County Detention Center.

Both suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Robin H. Webb

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

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Jeffrey Plott

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Saturday, Dec. 30,  2017, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeffery Dale Plott,  46, of Young Harris, Georgia, charging him with one count of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, for possession of methamphetamine.

The arrest was made on Byers Creek Road in Young Harris following a traffic stop involving a black Toyota Tacoma pickup. The Georgia State Patrol assisted Towns County deputies during the traffic stop.

 

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