Valdosta Daily Times

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December 12, 2011

Two arrested in meth bust

One pound of crystal meth, en route to Statenville, seized

- — Sunday morning at approximately 9:07 a.m., the Echols County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a joint narcotic investigation based on information received. Approximately one pound of crystal methamphetamine (ICE) was en route  from Gainesville, Ga. to Statenville, Ga./Jennings, Fla. area. Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson and Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid, along with narcotics officers from Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, intercepted a black Dodge pickup truck at the city park on Barry Street in Jennings, Fla.

The driver was observed in a drug transaction with the occupant of a second vehicle parked close by. Authorities took both individuals into custody without incident. An Echols County K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene and gave a positive alert for narcotics on the truck. A subsequent search of one of the vehicles revealed approximately one pound of crystal methamphetamine (ICE) with an approximate street value of $150,000. Sheriff Courson stated, “This was a significant blow to the methamphetamine coming into our local areas, and none of this would be possible had it not been for our agencies working so closely together.”

“A lot of man hours go into these type of investigations. I’m thankful for having the support and resources from surrounding sheriffs like Sheriff Reid.”

The two suspects were transported to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for processing. They face felony charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of narcotic equipment.

Their identities are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

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