Wanted Blue Ridge man faces additional charges in Towns County

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Derek Mashburn

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Sims Road in Hiawassee, Monday, Jan. 28, in reference to a unwanted subject.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male subject believed to be the unwanted suspect. Upon completing an initial investigation into the dispatched call, deputies arrested:

Derek Mitchell Mashburn, 25, of Blue Ridge, Georgia, on the following charges:

– One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

– Possession of Methamphetamine

– One Count Possession of Drug Related Objects

– One Count Giving a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that Derek Mashburn was additionally wanted on probation warrants from Fannin and Bartow Counties.

The Towns County warrants and charges will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

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Robin H. Webb

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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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Robin H. Webb

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Man sought for assault on law enforcement faces drug charges

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Law enforcement officers from the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Hiawassee Police Departmet arrested a suspect at a residence on Sampson Road in Young Harris on Sunday, Nov. 25, on outstanding warrants stemming from Towns, Union, and Gordon Counties.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators seized metamphetamine with a street-value of $5,000, illicit Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs, additional drug-related objects, and cash. Christopher Ray arrest

The suspect was identified as Christopher Steven Ray, 34, of Murphy, North Carolina. Ray was taken into custody, and charged with the following offenses:

  • One Count Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • One Count Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
  • One Count Possession of Methamphetamine
  • One Count Possession of Schedule II drugs
  • One Count Possession of Schedule IV drugs
  • One Count Possession of Drug-Related Objects
  • One Count Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers

In addition to the listed charges, investigators served warrants on Ray which involved a previous encounter with the subject on Sept. 6, 2018. The warrants were related to the following crimes:

  • One Count Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Three Counts Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers
  • Two Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV drugs

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office held outstanding warrants on Ray for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer along with several traffic offense warrants.

Union County Sheriff’s Office had previously issued a warrant for Ray for Violation of Probation.

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office warrants and charges will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

Feature Photo: Evidence seized from the Young Harris residence where Ray was apprehended.

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Robin H. Webb

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North Enotah Drug Court Explained

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – North Enotah Drug Court Coordinator Barbara Honaker shared the details of the judically supervised program, extended to felony drug offenders as an alternative to imprisonment, with the Mountain Movers and Shakers on the morning of Friday, Oct. 12.

North Enotah Drug Court encompasses the counties of Towns and Union, and works closely with law enforcement to promote positive change in the lives of those convicted of drug violations. “You have to have a heart for what we do,” Honaker explained at the beginning of the presentation. The program addresses addiction while coaching individuals on how to live productive, drug-free lives.

Towns County Drug Court

North Enotah Drug Court Coordinator Barbara Honaker

The non-profit organization consists of a team of experts, focused on treating the whole health of the individual, instructs on personal finance, addresses parenting matters, and provides cognitive behavior intervention, in addition to moral reconation therapy. The rehabilitation program requires accountability from enrollees, with rigid guidelines set in stone. Participants receive counseling, attend numerous classes, including Alcoholics and/or Narcotics Anonymous, partake in volunteer service, and receive random drug screening to ensure abstinence from illicit substances and alcohol. Securing and maintaining employment is mandatory. Failure to abide by the stringent regulations set forth results in an “intense contract” which Honaker likened that of house arrest, with additional requirements applied. Honaker explained that enrollees must waive their Fourth Amendment right to search and seizure upon entering the program.

While considered a voluntary decision to enroll, candidates are required to admit before a judge that their arrest was drug-related prior to acceptance into the minimum 18- to 24-month program. Honaker informed that the felony accountability treatment results in a 73-percent success rate, saves taxpayer funds by reducing the number of inmates housed in jails, restores family units, and ultimately, changes lives.

North Enotah Drug Court is in its sixth year of operation, with the first graduation occuring in July of 2015. Upon inquiry, Honaker estimated that approximately 35-percent of participants engaged in opioid abuse prior to graduating from the program, although methamphetmine is the leading substance of addiction in the region.

Additional information on North Enotah Drug Court is available at http://www.northenotahdrugcourt.vpweb.com

 

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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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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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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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