Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigations result in drug arrests

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two suspects on drug charges in two separate incidents.

On Wednesday, June 13, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with deputies, searched a residence located off Bell Gap Road in Hiawassee. Upon completion of the search, investigators arrested Dena Beasley, 47, of Hiawassee, on the following charges:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of Drug Related Objects
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • 1 Count Probation Violation

Towns county Sheriff's office

On Thursday, June 14, Towns County Deputies investigated a separate incident on Brad Road in Hiawassee, and arrested Rachel Ann Carrasco, 43, of Hiawassee ,on the following drug related charges:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Prescription Drugs not in the original container

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

 

 

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Young Harris search warrant leads to three arrests

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with deputies, executed a search warrant Friday, May 25, at a residence located on Pat Plott Road in Young Harris, Georgia.Towns County Sheriffs Office (more…)

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Unrelated Hiawassee checkpoints result in arrests, increased child safety

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department mobilized traffic checkpoints at two separate locations on the evening of Wednesday, May 23, charging motorists with driving under the influence and drug-related offenses.

The initial checkpoint took place at approximately 8 p.m. in the vicinity of the Bell Creek Car Wash on state Route 75 north. According to the incident report, Hiawassee Police Department made contact with a grey Chevrolet Impala, occupied by three subjects. Upon interaction, the officer detected the odor of alcohol within the vehicle. The male driver consented to a preliminary breath test, which detects the presence of alcohol, and the breathalyzer registered 0.103 percent blood alcohol concentration. The maximum limit in Georgia to operate a motorized vehicle is .08 percent.  The suspect then consented to standardized field sobriety testing, soon thereafter declining to participate. The driver was taken into custody by the officer. In addition, morphine pills were discovered in an unmarked bottle within the vehicle, and the suspect was charged with driving under the influence, drugs to be kept in original container, and creating hazardous or offensive conditions.

A subsequent checkpoint occurred on South Main Street, near Azalea Drive, at approximately 10 p.m.  A female motorist was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, open container violation, and obstructing law enforcement officers. Several bottles of alcohol were discovered within the vehicle by Hiawassee officers after the odor of alcohol and marijuana was detected, providing officers with probable cause to conduct a search. According to the incident report, the female suspect proceeded to ingest “a green, leafy substance.” The subject denied possession of marijuana.

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Chief Smith describes evidence seized from a recent search warrant during a city council meeting.

In other news, at a recent city council work session, Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith provided additional information on a significant drug arrest that took place within the city limits May 15, 2018. Federal and state charges resulted from the observation of the odor of marijuana noted by officers upon response to an unrelated panic alarm, originating from the AT&T store on Main Street. It was determined by responding officers that the odor wafted from an adjoining apartment, and a warrant to search the residence was obtained. Upon execution of the warrant, illicit substances, firearms, $700 in cash, and a postal scale were seized as evidence. Barry Hunter Collins was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including a federal charge. Collins was an employee of the Blairsville postal service at the time of his arrest.

Chief Smith released the regularly-complied department activity report for the month of April, and while statistics continue to show a decrease in drug-related arrests – with only a single misdemeanor arrest for possession of under an ounce of marijuana and drug-related objects – the overall amount of issued citations increased in comparison to the previous month. A total of 115 citations were written in April, 35 of which were warnings. Data from March revealed a total of 79 citation, 21 being warnings. The highest amount of citations were the result of speeding, followed by tag registration and license requirements, safety belt violations, and brake lights or turn signal infractions.

Hiawassee Police Department conducted 237 calls for service in April, a combination of dispatched and self-initiated.

On Saturday, May 26, the Hiawassee Police Department held a child car seat safety check on Hiawassee Town Square. The event drew 20 participants, with 11 cars seats determined defective, and replaced at no charge.

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Hiawassee Police Department replaced defective car seats on Memorial Day weekend.

[Feature photo: Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith displays the department’s former patch, while sporting the newly-acquired design, created by Smith]

 

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Two arrested on unrelated drug charges

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Drug offenders suspected of avoiding Hiawassee

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department announced a “new low” in felony drug arrests, and the suspected reason for the decline is surprising.

According to Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith, word of his department’s vigilance has spread, and individuals possessing illicit substances may be traveling an alternate route to evade city law enforcement.

During Hiawassee City Council’s regular session on Tuesday, April 3, Chief Smith recalled an incident involving a drug-related arrest. Smith stated that the suspect readily admitted that he should have avoided Hiawassee, specifically mentioning Highway 288 as the passage the driver divulged should have been chosen instead.

Highway 288, also known as Sunnyside Road, winds south of Hiawassee’s perimeter, beyond the city police department’s jurisdiction.

In comparison to the first three months of the previous year, 2018 has witnessed a noticeable decrease in the number of drug arrests conducted by Hiawassee Police Department.

From January until March of 2017, nine misdemeanor drug arrests and 17 felony drug arrests took place. The current year-to-date statistics show only two misdemeanor drug arrests, along with eight felony drug charges.

“There was another person that let us look through their phone after we arrested them, giving us consent to search their device,” Chief Smith disclosed in an interview with FetchYourNews (FYN). “Someone had messaged them, saying something along the lines of, ‘Why did you go through Hiawassee?'”

A patrol officer with the Hiawassee Police Department relayed that, he too, has heard rumors of Highway 288 being the preferred course of travel for perpetrators hoping to avoid city law enforcement.

The majority of drug arrests occurring within the city limits of Hiawassee are the result of traffic stops initiated for citation-related offenses, such as speeding or improper vehicle requirements.

FYN contacted Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton for his thoughts on the theory that drug offenders are skirting Hiawassee in favor of Highway 288, a route which falls under his department’s jurisdiction.

“I am unaware of any official statement by the City of Hiawassee making such a claim. My office has received no criminal intelligence, much less evidence, of any such criminal methodology,” Sheriff Clinton stated via email.

In contrast to 2017 data, Hiawassee Police Department’s self-initiated reports have decreased by 25 percent this year.  The agency has seen a 40 percent increase in dispatched calls, however, in the first quarter of 2018.

Hiawassee Police Department has generated a total of 868 case numbers in the past three months.  The amount is a combination of traffic stops, citations, and calls for service.

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two on Drug Charges

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Towns County Sheriff's Office

YOUNG HARRIS, GA – On October 24, 2017, deputies with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on separate incidents charging them with drug offenses.

Mark Silvers

Denny Mark Silvers

Deputies arrested Denny Mark Silvers, age 52, of Hiawassee, Georgia. He was taken into custody in the vicinity the 1400 block of Highway 66 in Young Harris, Georgia. Denny Mark Silvers was arrested and charged with 1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of a Schedule IV drug, 1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of a Schedule II drugs (Methamphetamine), 1 Count of Prescription Drugs Not In Original Container, and I Count of Drug Related Objects.

Shaun Ewing

Shaun Keith Ewing

Deputies arrested the second suspect, Shaun Keith Ewing, age 35, of Young Harris, Georgia at a location off Upper Bell Creek Road in Hiawassee, Georgia. Ewing was charged with 1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Less Than 1 Oz. of Marijuana.

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