Sheriff Ken Henderson and the Towns County Sheriff’s Office were awarded state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police on July 23rd at their award ceremony in Savannah, GA during the Summer training conference. The State Certification Program is voluntary and comprises management, operational, and service standards which are administered by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Agencies participating in the program are required to be reviewed every three years. Compliance with the standards allows the Towns County Sheriff’s Office to provide our community with the highest level of professionalism.
State Certification has been a priority for Sheriff Henderson’s administration since entering office. As Sheriff Henderson entered office in January 2021 the Towns County Sheriff’s Office was preparing for its state certification review and it became abundantly clear that the sheriff’s office would not be able to attain this highly coveted certification based off the previous administrations’ efforts. Sheriff Henderson made the difficult decision to withdraw to ensure the agency was progressing toward compliance and reapply under his administration.
Receiving State Certification is an extreme honor for the Towns County Sheriff’s Office. This entire process would not have been accomplished without Sheriff Henderson’s unwavering commitment to professionalism and service to the citizens of Towns County.
Sheriff Henderson would like to thank his staff and a special thanks to State Certification Manager Bobbie Shook for her steadfast commitment to attain this certification.
The Towns County Sheriff’s Office got a break in a month long drug investigation on Highway 66 near the North Carolina state line, when a call was received on a stolen vehicle, drug related activity and an overdose of a female. An investigation revealed that Narcan was self initiated to the female at the scene. Video at the store location revealed drug activity. Sheriff’s K-9 and drug investigators responded. Drugs were found in the possession of Travis Kelley, 27.2 grams of substance which is suspected to be methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of white powdery substance which is suspected to be heroin. As a result, Travis Kelley of Warne, NC was arrested and charged with the following:
• 16-13-30 Purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of controlled substances (2 counts)
• 16-13-32.2 Possession and use of drug related objects (1 count)
Sheriff Ken Henderson reiterates our commitment to initiate drug suppression in our community. The sheriff commends the arresting deputies on an outstanding job on the investigation and arrest. Investigation is continuing
Largest meth bust in Towns County history
June 21, 2021
TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – Towns County Deputies executed the largest methamphetamine bust in the county with the arrest of suspect Alex Robinson of Monroe, Ga.
Following a four-month investigation and the three-day round-the-clock operation, a team consisting of the Towns County drug agents, deputies, and Sheriff Ken Henderson converged on a heavily-armed Robinson and arrested him without incident on Thursday, June 17.
Robinson allegedly was found in possession of six pounds of meth, four pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine pills, Xanax, various pills, three handguns, and cash.
Drugs seized following the arrest
Sheriff Henderson released a statement that detailed the distribution of the drugs in Towns County.
“These drugs were targeted for specific locations in Towns County to be cut into smaller amounts and delivered to specific drug dealers in Towns County. This will impact the supply chains of drugs coming into Towns County and sold to our community and youth.
The Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested a major drug supplier and trafficker in Towns County.
Alex Michael Robinson, 32 of Monroe, GA was arrested on the following charges:
1. Trafficking Marijuana
2. Trafficking in methamphetamine over 400 grams
3. Possession schedule IV-controlled substance
4. Possession of a stolen firearm
5. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
“The six pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs designated for the Towns County community is significant.
Sheriff Henderson cannot give enough praise for the Sheriff’s Drug Investigative unit and deputies that put in so many long hours on these investigations. In the short five months, our commitment and multiple arrests has impacted drug dealers and supply to our community,” the statement added.
Highway safety checks continue to clean up Towns’ streets
April 30, 2021
HIAWASSEE, Ga – Increased road safety checks are a part of Sheriff Ken Henderson’s proactive approach to law enforcement in Towns County and so far, they’ve proven successful.
On April 29, Henderson, Highway Safety, and other law enforcement agencies conducted a road safety check in Young Harris. The check resulted in a “major drug bust including cocaine, heroin, 21 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, diazepam and marijuana packaged for sale.”
A K9 unit alerted deputies to the vehicle allegedly containing the drugs.
Sheriff Henderson with the drugs and paraphernalia discovered from safety checks. Courtesy of Towns County Sheriff Office.
Three individuals were arrested and charged:
Christa Lee Patterson-Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV-controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects.
Carlos Dwaine Palmer-Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule IV-controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects, DUI.
Carl Loren Palmer-Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule IV-controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects.
Last weekend, during a midnight safety check, the stop uncovered another alleged drug arrest along Hwy. 17. Aimee Fay Fannin was charged with:
- -Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
- -Possession of methamphetamine
- -Drugs not in original container
- -Drug-related objects
Chief Deputy Gene Moss wants the citizens of Towns County to understand their calls for a safe community are being heard by the sheriff’s office. Henderson and his deputies will continue to take a proactive approach when dealing with crime in the area.
Christa Lee Patterson
Carl Loren Palmer
Carlos Dwaine Palmer
Aimee Fay Fannin