Drug Arrests continue in Young Harris

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – In recent weeks, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies have continued the execution of search warrants in search of illegal drugs and stolen property.

In the past week, investigators and deputies executed two search warrants in the Young Harris area.

The search warrants were in reference to separate information developed by investigators. The first search warrant was executed on Thursday, Oct. 11, at a residence located on Red Fox Farm Road.

Investigators seized a quanity of marijuana during the search with a street value of $13,500.

Jennifer Ann Max, 52, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Manufacturing Marijuana
  •  One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Felony Possession of Marijuana
  • One Count of Drug-Related Objects

 

The second search warrant was executed on Friday, Oct. 12, at a residence on Meadow Lane.

Investigators arrested two suspects during the course of the warrant execution.

Carl Wallace Merritt, 47, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crime:

  • One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Possession of Methamphetamine

Candie Sue Merrit, 44, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crime:

  • One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Possession of Methamphetamine

Investigators recovered several items during the execution of the search warrant which had been previously reported as stolen in a burglary in the Towns County area.

The investigation is active and on-going. Additional charges are likely.

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

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

 

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Towns County Sheriff’s Office seizes $27,000 Street-Value in Marijuana Manufacturing Operation

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Towns County Sheriffs Office

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Monday, Oct. 1, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 7500 block of Gumlog Road. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers seized marijuana plants with a street value of $27,000.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects on the following charges:

Chris Lee Brooks, 64, of Young Harris – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Manufacturing Marijuana – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Felony Possession of Marijuana – Possession of drug related objects

Ronald Christoper Smith, 44, of Blairsville – One count violation Georgia Substance Control Act, Manufacturing Marijuana – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Felony Possession of Marijuana – Possession of drug related objects

Thomas Dexter Shook, 42, of Hiawassee – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Manufacturing Marijuana – One count violation Georgia Substance Control Act, Felony Possession of Marijuana – Possession of drug related objects

All suspects are being held without bond at the time of publication.

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

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

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Undercover investigation leads to Hiawassee drug bust

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Hiawassee drugs

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at a residence off Sims Circle in Hiawassee Thursday, May 10, 2018, following an extensive joint investigation conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

During the course of an undercover investigation, numerous drug purchases were made.

Samuel Hedden

Samuel Dwayne Hedden

A total street value of over $7,000 in illegal drugs were seized from the residence, following the execution of the search warrant.

Samuel Dwayne Hedden, 63, was arrested by Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and charged with five counts of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, involving the sale of marijuana, four counts involving the sale of Xanax, three counts involving the sale of methamphetamine, and one count for possession of drug-related objects.

In addition, Hedden was charged with one count of Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The investigation remains open and ongoing. Additional charges are likely.

 

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Sheriff’s Desk: Multimillion Dollar Methamphetamine Operation Results in Arrests

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Sheriff Chris Clinton Towns County GA

From the Desk of Sheriff Chris Clinton

Towns County, Georgia

 

I have long believed that one of the secrets to success in criminal investigations is networking and sharing information with other law enforcement agencies.

In 2007, after being elected Sheriff of Towns County, I became a member of the Appalachian Drug Task Force. At that time we had four sheriff’s offices in the task force.

In 2012, the other board members saw fit to ask me to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. Around that same time, one of the four sheriffs decided to pull out of the task force, leaving only three sheriffs involved. Many tried to pressure me to pull out of the “drug task force” calling it a waste of time. I did not believe this to be true and still do not.

After our board members voted to become a regional drug enforcement office serving North Georgia the name was changed to the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO). By this time, Banks County Sheriff’s Office had joined us and we were back to four. As it stands today, we have grown to include Towns County Sheriff’s Office, White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 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.

That is a lot of agencies, sharing a lot of criminal intelligence. But, has it been effective?

By 2016, the ARDEO had made seizures of more than $36,000,000.00. ARDEO is one of three Regional Drug Enforcement Offices in the State of Georgia. The other two are the West Metro (Atlanta area) and Savannah, Chatham County. As large as those areas are, the ARDEO has kept pace and, in some areas, surpassed the standard set by the other two.

This past weekend was no exception. The following information was provided originally by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mitchell Posey, who supervises our drug agents. On Friday, September 15th, 2017, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Squad disrupted a methamphetamine trafficking ring in North Georgia.

A traffic stop of Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte yielded the seizure of 15 kilograms of methamphetamine. During the subsequent investigation, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Agents executed a search warrant at 990 Flanders Road, Dahlonega, GA. Valentine Duarte-Vejar ran from this residence, but was captured in the possession of a handgun. This search warrant yielded a few grams of cocaine and $166,000. Agents continued to follow investigative leads until a conversion lab was located at 843 Cooper’s Creek Road, Suches, Union County, GA. A conversion lab is used to convert liquid methamphetamine to its crystal form.

Agents located a handgun and 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at the lab. ARDEO Agents processed approximately 300 pounds of environmental waste largely containing methamphetamine oil. Agents on scene estimated this lab was capable of producing a minimum of 25-50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at a time. This short but effective investigation was a federal, state, and local partnership that disrupted and dismantled a drug distribution network’s attempt to flood our communities with this destructive drug for their own financial gain. The street value of the 30 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine is $3,234,000.

Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago, 42, of Norcross, Victor Rafael Aponte, 30, of Dahlonega and Valentine Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Eleoncio Perez-Pineda, 29, of Dahlonega, and Jose Mario Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were later arrested in Dahlonega and charged with conspiracy to manufactory methamphetamine. These five men were transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center. The immigration status of these men is still pending. This investigation continues.

Valentine Duarte-Vejar ran from this residence, but was captured in the possession of a handgun. This search warrant yielded a few grams of cocaine and $166,000. Agents continued to follow investigative leads until a conversion lab was located at 843 Cooper’s Creek Road, Suches, Union County, GA. A conversion lab is used to convert liquid methamphetamine to its crystal form. Agents located a handgun and 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at the lab. ARDEO Agents processed approximately 300 pounds of environmental waste largely containing methamphetamine oil. Agents on scene estimated this lab was capable of producing a minimum of 25-50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at a time. This short but effective investigation was a federal, state, and local partnership that disrupted and dismantled a drug distribution network’s attempt to flood our communities with this destructive drug for their own financial gain. The street value of the 30 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine is $3,234,000

None of this would have been possible without the combined efforts and partnerships developed. I think we are on the right track in keeping our community safe from the dangerous criminals and the poison they pedal.

If you have information regarding criminal behavior, please do not hesitate to contact your sheriff’s office at 706-896-4444 or in an emergency dial 911.

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Union County’s Most Wanted still at large from large methamphetamine drug bust

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Blairsville, GA – On Thursday, June 22nd , 2017, 34 people were arrested and warrants were issued for 4 others. One of those ‘others’ has since been apprehended and arrested; but the three remaining are currently Union County’s Most Wanted because, according to UCSO Captain Chad Deyton and UCSO Sgt. Tyler Miller, they are the ringleaders.

Union County’s Most Wanted still at large from largest methamphetamine drug bust in Union County history.  Still at large as of this writing are Michael Edward Parker, James Keith Cordle and Bridgette Maria Banks.

If anyone should see or might know the whereabouts of any of these persons, please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 439-6066 immediately.

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