The owner of a self-defense business faces charges in Valdosta and Florida stemming from the discovery of cocaine and a home invasion, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s officials have signed a warrant alleging the sale of cocaine against Gorman Jenkins, 50, according to the sheriff’s department. Jenkins is reportedly the owner-operator of the Jenkins Academy of Self Defense on East Park Avenue.
The sheriff’s office announced Wednesday that a two-month investigation by its Special Operations Division led to the warrant.
During the course of this investigation, investigators recovered approximately 400 grams of cocaine, valued at $40,000, according to the sheriff’s office. Several vehicles were seized during the operation along with a sum of currency, according to reports. This investigation was conducted along with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Jacksonville, Fla. office.
Jenkins is currently being held in the Columbia County, Florida, jail on a separate charge stemming from a home-invasion robbery, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.
Also arrested and charged in this home invasion is Carlos Singletary, 29, of Valdosta.
Both men will be extradited back to Georgia following the disposal of the charges associated with the Florida arrest. At this time, there is no known date for that to occur. Bond for both suspects is set at $150,000 in the Florida case, according to reports.
The home invasion took place in the early hours on March 20 resulting in Jenkins and Singletary being arrested by deputies, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
The residents of a home awoke to two men standing in their bedroom at approximately 12:30 a.m. The men were dressed in all-black clothing. A disturbance occurred inside the house, and one of the residents was able to hide in a closet and call 911. The suspects fled the home without taking anything of value, according to Columbia County authorities.
Columbia patrol deputies responded to the scene. While enroute to the area, Lt. Pete Spurlock observed the suspect vehicle driving north. Spurlock saw that a bag was tossed from the vehicle as he approached. He stopped and retrieved the bag and discovered a pellet-type pistol inside. He was able to regain sight of the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop with assistance from back-up units.
The two suspects, still wearing the all-black clothing and gloves, were taken into custody without incident. Deputy Ray Metrick and additional units maintained the crime scene at the residence and conducted their investigation.