Towns County Sheriff’s Office continues drug arrests

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies continue their strong push to arrest drug suspects throughout the Towns County area.

On Monday, Aug. 19, a Towns County deputy made a traffic stop on a Ford Taurus on State Highway 75 North in Hiawassee for a brake light violation. Upon further investigation, the following suspects were arrested without incident:

Arrests

Nathan Lemay, Tracy Shook

Nathan Allen Lemay, 47, of Hayesville, North Carolina was charged with the following: 1 Count Violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine, and 1 Count Giving a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer

Tracy Joy Shook, 49, of Hayesville, North Carolina, was charged with the following: 1 Count Violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act Possession of Methamphetamine and 1 Count Brake Light Violation

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, a Towns County deputy responded to a disturbance call at a residence on Wahu Hu Drive in Hiawassee.  Upon further investigation into the reported incident, Laura Jean Carroll, 57, of Hiawassee was arrested without incident. Carroll was charged with the following: 1 Count Drug Related Objects and I Count Simple Battery (Family Violence).

Arrests

Laura Carroll, Ramona Montgomery

Towns County deputies arrested Ramona Lynn Montgomery, 50, of Hiawassee without incident on warrants for the following: Violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Related Objects.  

The warrants served were in connection to an incident which occurred on Aug. 6 between deputies and the suspect on Bell View Lane in Young Harris.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office says it will continue its strong effort to seek out drug suspects within the Towns County area. Additional arrests will be forthcoming.

The above cases will be forwarded to the Enota Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.     

   

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Hiawassee suspect tased by deputy charged with multiple drug violations

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Patrick Oakes

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Patrick Ryan Oakes, 40, of Hiawassee, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 14, following a brief vehicle pursuit on State Route 288 after Towns County Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Oakes crashed the white Chevrolet SUV that he was driving, slightly damaging a county patrol vehicle, prior to being subdued by taser by law enforcement. Oakes was initially charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane.

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                Incident captured on film by Towns County Sheriff’s Office

Oakes was subsequently charged with multiple felony crimes as a result of the incident:

  • 2 Counts Felony Possession of Illegal Substances (Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine)
  • 1 Count Felony Aggravated Assault
  • 1 Count Felony Destruction of Government Property
  • 1 Count Felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement

 

Misdemeanor charges include:

  • 1 Count Possession of Drug-Related Object
  • 1 Count Reckless Driving
  • 1 Count Obstruction of an Officer
  • 1 Count Reckless Driving
  • 1 Count Violation of Window Tint
  • 1 Count Failure to Have License on Person
  • ! Count Driving Too Fast for Conditions
  • 1 Count Failure to Maintain Lane

Oakes is being held without bond at Towns County Detention Center. The case will be forwarded to Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Oakes is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Feature Image: Patrick Oakes/Facebook Profile

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Hiawassee Police Department intercepts 116 grams of methamphetamine in recent weeks

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Two additional drug dealers were recently taken off the streets of Hiawassee. On June 30, Richard Deaton of Flowery Branch, GA was stopped by the Hiawassee Police Department for a vehicle equipment violation. A probable cause search of Deaton revealed 18 grams of methamphetamine and 4 grams of marijuana. Deaton was arrested and charged with: Turn Signal Requirements, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

Joseph Llorens

Joseph Llorens

On Sunday, July 28, Hiawassee Police Department stopped a vehicle for a violation of Georgia’s hands-free law. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license. An inventory of the vehicle revealed 98 grams of methamphetamine and 28 grams of marijuana. Joseph Llorens of Cleveland, GA was charged with: Driver to Exercise Due Care, Driving While License Suspended, Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, and Trafficking Methamphetamine.

Richard Deaton

Richard Deaton

“While it is unfortunate that people are bringing these drugs into our community, our officers are doing a fantastic job in detecting and arresting those who are responsible,” Chief Paul Smith stated. “Arresting the drug dealers is a very important step in combating the drug problem. I’m proud of the work we’re doing in Hiawassee.”

The discovery of 98 grams of methamphetamine is one of the largest drug seizures by the Hiawassee Police Department, Smith said.

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

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Seven arrested as Towns County deputies continue quest for drug suspects

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Towns County arrests

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies have continued to remain active this past week, arresting a total of seven suspects. “(Deputies) continue to uphold their pledge to seek out suspects involved in illegal drug activity within the county,” Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Conner said.

Three of the suspects arrested were the result of the obstruction of deputies attempting to arrest a drug suspect.

On Sunday, July 28, a Towns County deputy, assisted by a Hiawassee police officer, attempted to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of a local business, and upon further investigation arrested:

Blake Ledford, 34, of Hayesville, North Carolina was charged with the following:

1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of a Schedule II Drug.

1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Prescription pills not kept in the original container   

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Blake Ledford

On Wednesday July 31,  Towns County deputies, with assistance from officers with The Georgia Department of Community Supervision, conducted a search of a residence located off Gumlog Road in the Young Harris area of the county, arresting four subjects. Towns County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies had an active arrest warrant for Peggy Mulkey, and the three additional suspects arrested at the time had obstructed and hindered law enforcement officers in their search for Mulkey. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. Mulkey was found hiding in a closet in the residence.   

The following suspects were arrested as a result of the search:

Peggy Ann Mulkey, 40, of Young Harris, Georgia was charged with:

1 Count of  Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act. Possession of Methamphetamine.

4 Counts of  Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Dangerous Drugs

1 Count of Drug Related Objects

1 Count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Christina Canterbury, 45, of Young Harris, Georgia was arrested and charged with:

1 Count of  Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

1 Count Drug Related Objects

Amanda Jo Wade, 40, of Young Harris, Georgia, was arrested and charged with:

1 Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

Allen Bell, 30, of Young Harris, Georgia, was arrested and charged with:

1 Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.

On Thursday August 1, a Towns County deputy conducted a traffic stop on State Highway 76/515 at Jack Dayton Circle on a white Chevrolet passenger car. As a result of the traffic stop and further investigation, Anthony Wayne Reagan, 24, believed to be from the Hayesville, North Carolina area, was arrested and charged with the following:

1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession Ecstasys

1 Count Driving with no driver’s license

1 Count of Headlight Requirement

On Friday, August 2, a Towns County deputy  made a traffic stop on State Highway 76/515 near Ridgecrest Circle on a Ford Expedition.  As a result of the traffic stop and further investigation, the following subject was arrested:

Jacob Crawford, 26, of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Crawford was arrested without incident and charged with the following;

1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana

1 Count of Illegal Window Tint    

“The Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue their strong effort to seek out the drug suspects within the Towns County Area, and additional arrests will be forthcoming,” Chief Deputy Conner stated.

The above cases 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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Young Harris traffic stop leads to drug arrest

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Stephanie Phillips

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies continue their push to arrest drug suspects throughout the Towns County area. On Tuesday, July 23, a Towns County deputy conducted a traffic stop on King Cove Road at the intersection of Gumlog Road in Young Harris on a Toyota truck.

After initiating the traffic stop and upon further investigation, the deputy arrested Stephanie Nicolette Phillips, 40, of Marble, North Carolina on the following charges:

  • One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine
  • One Count Driving on Suspended License
  • One Count Tampering with Evidence
  • One Count Possession of Drug Related Objects
  • Two Counts Defective Equipment (No Brake Lights, Busted Windshield)

“The Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue their strong effort to seek out the drug suspects within the Towns County area, and additional arrests will be forth coming,” Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Conner said.

The above case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Phillips is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) statistics, methamphetamine arrests throughout the state have increased approximately 16 percent in recent years:

  • 12,703 in 2015
  • 13,634 in 2016
  • 14,742 in 2017

“It’s in every county in our state, and it’s inundated our crime lab,” Deneen Kilcrease, the Chemistry Section Manager of the GBI Crime Lab in DeKalb County, said in February. “County after county, the number one drug is methamphetamine. We only see about half the amount of cocaine that we do methamphetamine.”

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Eight additional drug suspects arrested in Towns County

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Towns County drug arrests

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies continue their strong push to arrest drug suspects throughout the Towns County area. During the past two weeks, eight additional drug suspects have been arrested as the result of traffic stops and executed search warrants.

On Thursday July 4,  a Towns County deputy made a traffic stop on State Route 180 on a GMC Sonomam pickup and upon further investigation into the traffic stop, Russell Eugene Elder, 60, of Jonesboro was arrested and charged with: 1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana, and 1-Count of Improper Tag Display.

On Sunday July 1, a Towns County Deputy made a traffic stop on State Hwy. 288 on a Saturn Ion and as a result and upon further investigation Jessica Christine Long, 48, of Hayesville, North Carolina was arrested and charged with 1-Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana, and 1-Count of Defective
Equipment.

On Wednesday, July 17, a search warrant was executed at a residence in the Bald Mountain Community of Towns County on Turtle Cove, and as a result of the search warrant and previous investigation into drug activity at the residence, five suspects were arrested:

  • William Rayford Blitch, 49, of Hiawassee:  4-Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Wendy Ree Carroll, 34, of Hiawassee:  3-Counts of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Jolena Nichols, 49, of Hiawassee :  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of THC Cart Schedule I
  • Walter Lee Burrell, 53, of Blairsville:  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Diliaudid a Schedule II, 1-Count Drug Related Objects.
  • Shelia Marie Watts, 39, of Blairsville:  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Diliaudid Schedule II, and 1-count Drug Related Objects.

On Wednesday July 17, deputies and investigators responded to a call of a suspicious person on Crooked Creek Connector and upon answering the call and execution of a search warrant at a residence on Crooked Creek Connector the following suspect was arrested and charged:

Dennis Lee Wheeler, 35. of Hiawassee: 1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, 1-Count Criminal Trespass, and 1-Count Disorderly Conduct.

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue their strong effort to seek out the drug suspects within the Towns County Area, and additional arrests will be forth coming. The above cases 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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Hiawassee man arrested, charged with alleged rape

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HIawassee rape

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office received a Monday, June 24 report of a sexual assault incident which allegedly occurred the evening prior, Sunday, June 23. Towns County investigators, along with the assistance of agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, conducted an investigation into the reported incident.

Peter Hohmann

Peter Hohmann

On Tuesday, June 25, Peter Hohmann, 30, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with rape. He is currently held without bond in the Towns County Detention Center.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office said that the investigation is active and ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

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

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Young Harris traffic stop leads to additional methamphetamine arrests

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Towns County drug arrests

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – As in recent weeks, Towns County Sheriff’s Office has continued their pursuit of drug suspects in the Towns County area. On Friday, June 14, a Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Escape on State Highway 339 in Young Harris for a traffic violation.  Upon investigation, two suspects were arrested on drug related offenses.

 

Joe William Strain, 49, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following:

  •    One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Methamphetamine)

  •    One Count Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

 

Perry Green, 56, of Young Harris was arrested and charged with the following:

  •  Two Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Methamphetamine)

  •  One Count of Improper Tag Display

 

The cases remain active, and under further investigation. Additional drug arrests and charges are likely. The cases 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.

Feature Image: (L-R) Joe Strain, Perry Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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