Hiawassee PD arrests drug suspects via traffic stop

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department arrested two subjects on drug possession charges Jan. 19, following a traffic stop conducted on a 2006 BMW on North Main Street. A patrol officer with the city law enforcement division witnessed a near-collision between the vehicle and another motorist, initiating the stop for improper use of the center turning lane.

Hiawassee drug arrest

Alejandro Macias Aguilar

In the arrest report obtained by FYN, Hiawassee Police Department cited observation of a “strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.” Upon further investigation, marijuana and methamphetamine were discovered in the subjects’ possessions.

Angela Jazmin Daurte, 20, of Gainesville, GA, was placed under arrest for the following offenses: Improper use of central turning lane, driving on the wrong class of license, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, and drug-related objects.

The passenger, Alejandro Macias Aguilar, 25, of Gainesville, GA, was taken into custody and charged with the following crimes: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a drug-related object.

Hiawassee drug arrest

Angela Jazmin Daurte

The suspects were transported to the Towns County Detention Center for processing.

The cases will be forwarded to Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Daurte and Aguilar are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Area’s premier CBD shop opens in Hiawassee

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CBD - Hiawassee

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Randal Forehand and Vicky Bateman, owners of Natures Health and Body, celebrated the grand opening of the area’s first retailer dedicated to hemp-based CBD oil products, Wednesday, Nov. 20. CBD is the medical abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the primary active compounds derived from cannabis plants. The extracted compound is highly acclaimed by many consumers to relieve a wide range of ailments, from pain and anxiety to sleep disorders and opioid withdrawal symptoms.

CBD - Georgia law

Rules and restrictions must be followed as per Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to the USDA.

The city’s first-of-its-kind shop, located at 77 River Street in Hiawassee, features an array of homeopathic products including tinctures, salves, powders, and serums in various potencies. Forehand explained that while federal law allows products to contain a maximum of 3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol – commonly known as THC, a psychoactive, “high” producing component found in marijuana – Natures Health and Body’s merchandise is 100% THC-free certified. The products are sourced solely from industrial hemp suppliers and lab-tested to ensure compliance, quality, and safety. The products are produced from hemp grown in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Australia, and have a fully traceable history of seed and strain, Forehand said.

CBD oil

Information discussed with Natures Health and Body regarding CBD oil.

“Our mission is the proliferation of information and education about hemp and what hemp extracts can give you and the world,” the owners-operators of Natures Health & Body state. “We accomplish our mission by only allowing legitimate, caring and passionate growers, processors, suppliers, and providers of hemp products to be offered to you. Our mission is basically around the fact that there are ‘good’ people and ‘bad’ people in the industry, and we will shield you from the bad ones. That is our promise. Keeping with our promise and our mission, our vendors and suppliers that come to Natures Health and Body want to help you as much as we do, first and foremost, and that is a fact.”

CBD oil distribution is federally-legal in all 50 U.S. states, with a maximum amount of 20 ounces permitted for personal possession in Georgia. Customers must be at least 18 years of age to purchase CBD products.

FYN contacted Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith to gain local law enforcement’s perspective on the city-based business. “I spoke with the shop owner,” Smith said. “He provided lab work that showed that the products have 0% THC. A prescription card is required for Low THC Oil, which is defined as ‘oil that contains an amount of cannabidiol and not more than 5 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinol, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or a combination of  tetrahydrocannabinol and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid.'” Smith stated that Hiawassee Police Department “will not fine or arrest anyone in possession of a legal product.”

Forehand and Bateman encourages the public to visit the newly-opened location to learn about their holistic products and the hemp-industry as a whole.

Additional information on Natures Health and Body is available online.

Feature Image: Vicky Bateman and Randall Foreman, owners of Natures Health and Body.

 

Hiawassee Police Department updates recent drug arrests

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Hiawassee police

Hiawassee, GA – As previously reported by FYN on Oct. 23, officers with the Hiawassee Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Oct. 20 for numerous equipment violations. During the traffic stop, officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested.

Hiawassee Police Department

James Bailey

James Bailey was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, Possession, and Use of Drug Related Objects (x3), Failure to Maintain Brake Lights, and Defective Lighting Equipment. Rachel Goodwin was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, and Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects (x3).

Rachel Goodwin

 Rachel Goodwin

“It has been several years since we have seen cocaine in Hiawassee,” Chief Paul Smith stated Nov. 6. “Bailey and Goodwin also had other drugs in their possession that we were unable to identify with our field test kits. Those drugs have been submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab for testing and identification. Once the drugs are identified, additional charges may be brought against the two. As always, I am very proud of the hard work done by the officers of this department.”

According to law enforcement, the unidentified substance appeared to be “black tar” heroin.

Additionally, Hiawassee Police Department officers stopped Daniel Jones Oct. 27 for a moving violation. Upon searching the vehicle, officers located multiple bags of methamphetamine which were packaged for distribution. Jones was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession, and Use of Drug-Related Objects (x2), Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, Driving While License Suspended, and Improper Use of Central Turn Lane.

Hiawassee Police Department

Daniel Jones

Hiawassee Police Department serves within the city limits of Hiawassee.

The cases have been turned over to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sheriff’s Office continues crack down on drugs

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Investigators and deputies with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office continue their pursuit of drug suspects in the Towns County area. On Sunday evening, Sept. 15, Towns County deputies responded to a residence off Valley View Drive in Hiawassee in reference to a domestic incident. Upon further investigation, deputies arrested the following suspects:

Charles Marion Adams III, 61, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Manufacturing Marijuana

Debra Adams, 60, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Distribution of a Schedule IV Drug, Xanax.

Nathan Adams, 18, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled
    Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV Drug
    Xanax
  • 1 Count of Drugs Not in Original Container

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Towns County deputies arrested Joseph Larry Maney, 38,  of Cleveland, GA at a residence off Huey Lane in Hiawassee. Maney was charged with the following:

  • 1 Count Violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act,Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Drug Related Objects
  • 1 Count Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

Maney was additionally wanted on a warrant out of Hall County for a probation violation.

On Wednesday Sept. 18, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located off Scataway Road in Hiawassee. Upon the completion of the search warrant, deputies arrested the following suspects:

Brittany Wright, 32, was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of a Schedule IV Drug Xanax
  • 1 Count Drugs Not Kept in Original Container
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Related Objects

Jamison Chadwick Williams, 42, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana
  • 7 Counts Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Williams is additionally being held on a Jackson County probation warrant.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Law enforcement officers obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located off Sunnyside Road in Hiawassee. Information that was provided by a City of Hiawassee Police Officer assisted county deputies with obtaining the search warrant. The following suspects were arrested upon the completion of the
search warrant:

Bobby Croy, 46, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with the following:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule II Drugs
  • 1 Count of Drug Related Objects.

Ryan Croy, 26, of  Hiawassee was arrested and charged with the following:

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

“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 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.

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.

Young Harris traffic stop leads to methamphetamine arrest

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Saturday, March 23, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect on drug charges following a traffic stop in Young Harris.  A Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a White Jeep Liberty on Highway 66 on a traffic violation.

Mary Ann Walker

Mary Ann Walker

Upon further investigation into the traffic stop, the deputy arrested Mary Ann Walker, 54, of Calhoun, GA, on the following charges:

 

  • One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Methamphetamine)

  • One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Marijuana)

  • One Count Drug Related Objects
  • One Count Violation of Brake Light Requirement

The investigation is active and ongoing.  The case will be referred to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Walker is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Methamphetamine use can easily lead to a serious addiction, and its abuse is a widespread issue in the United States. Use of the drug creates serious health problems and, in some cases, leads to fatal consequences. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) claimed that approximately 774,000 people were current methamphetamine users in 2017, roughly 0.3 percent of the population. That amount is up starkly from the 667,000 people who were current methamphetamine users in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Sheriff’s Office arrests Hiawassee man for manufacturing marijuana

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Towns County drug use

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators discovered illegal drugs at a residence searched Friday, April 26 on Foster Road in Hiawassee.

Roy Lee Moneypenny,

                            Roy Lee Moneypenny

Investigators arrested Roy Lee Moneypenny, 62, of Hiawassee, on the following charges:

  •  One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Manufacturing Marijuana)

  •  One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Marijuana)

  •  One Count of Possession of Drug Related Objects

The investigation is currently active and ongoing. Additional charges are possible.  The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Moneypenny is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

While medical marijuana was legalized in Georgia, cultivation and use of the plant without a physician’s approval remains illicit. Georgia has allowed patients suffering from severe seizures and other illnesses to use cannabis oil since 2015. The state did not allow in-state cultivation, however, and thousands of individuals on the program’s registry risked defying federal law by transporting the drug across state lines. Advocates supported medical marijuana expansion, although the measure involved significant obsticals before cannabis oil could be manufactured and distributed in the state. Six private companies were permitted to grow medical marijuana, but the dispensaries could not operate without a state board license. April 17 marked Governor Brian Kemp’s historic signing of House Bill 324, which allows for legal cultivation and sale of cannabis oil in Georgia.

Eight Towns County residents arrested on variety of drug charges

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Deputies with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office continued a spree of drug arrests, arresting a total of eight drug suspects in the past week. On Tuesday, June 25, Towns County investigators and deputies, with assistance from officers with Georgia Department of Community Supervision, in addition to drug investigators from Union County Sheriff’s Office, searched a residence off Mill Creek Road and Cynth Creek Road in Towns County.Towns County GA crime

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

James Paul Weaver, 38, of Hiawassee, Georgia
was charged with:

1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Sell of Methamphetamine.

Sonia Renee Taylor, 43, of Hiawassee, Georgia
was charged with:

1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.
1 Count Driving on Suspended License.

Debra Ann Willis, 62, of Hiawassee Georgia was
charged with:

1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.
1 Count of Drug Related Objects.

Matthew Allen Anderson, 39, of Hiawassee, Georgia was charged with:

1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession With Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Crack Cocaine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Marijuana.
1 Count of Drug Related Objects.

Misty Michelle May, 38, of Hiawassee, Georgia was charged with:

1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession With Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Crack Cocaine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Marijuana.
1 Count of Drug Related Objects.

On Wednesday, June 26 , A Towns County deputy stopped a Chevrolet Malibu on Duncan Road in Young Harris, Georgia. The traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Elizabeth Morgan Black, 19, of Young Harris, Georgia.

Black was charged with the following:
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of THC Oil.
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Marijuana.
1 Count of Drug Related Objects.
1 Count of Defective Equipment.

Two additional drug arrests have been made in recent
days :

Bobbie Leann Saxon, 38, of Hiawassee, Georgia was charged with:
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine.

Brent Kyle Weems, 46, of Young Harris, Georgia was charged with:
1 Count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Marijuana.

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office said they will continue their strong effort to seek out 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.

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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Young Harris man arrested on additional drug charges

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Jeffery Plott

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Jeffery Dale Plott, 47, of Young Harris, a second time on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, for Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, and Possession of Marijuana.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Plott after conducting a search of a residence on Meadow Lane in Young Harris, on Tuesday afternoon.

Plott was released on bond the time of his arrest for previous charges of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

The investigation is active and on-going, and additional charges may be forth coming.

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

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Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two on Drug Charges

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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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Drug Bust in Rabun County

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Medical Marijuana Pt.2 7/15/16

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Part Two of the GMFTO series on Medical Marijuana, Cannabis Oil, and the effects for health treatment in our nation.

Medical Marijuana 6/24/16

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A special segment on Medical Marijuana. BKP  meets Rick and Melisa Searcy whose daughter, Angel Searcy, has Cerebral Palsy and Microcephaly. BKP also talks legislation with Dale Jackson from Hope United.

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