Sheriff: “Thorn in the side” charged with meth trafficking, other charges


A Spalding County man is in jail tonight on numerous felony narcotics charges after a search warrant conducted by personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.

Marty Manley was arrested by members of the SCSO CAGE Unit and SWAT Team after the warrant was executed at his residence located at 553-A Poplar Drive.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Manley has been known for years as a drug distributor in Spalding County, and has been arrested and convicted multiple times on both drug and other charges.

“Being a multi time and possibly armed offender, Spalding County S.W.A.T. conducted the entry after deploying a distraction device outside of the residence,” Dix said. “When entry was made, Manley attempted to retreat to the bathroom and tried flush the methamphetamine down the toilet. S.W.A.T. team members followed him into the restroom. As a result, Manley was taken into custody and his methamphetamine was recovered inside of the toilet, removed from the house’s plumbing, the floor around the toilet where Manley had previously been standing in the bathroom as he met the S.W.A.T. deputies, and elsewhere in the residence.”

Dix went on to describe the stance his office has taken regarding narcotics in Spalding County.

“Marty Manley has been a thorn in the side of the residents on the west side of the county for years. His residence along with several others in that immediate area have been responsible for selling methamphetamine, multiple thefts, and other crimes. The good people who live in that area are tired of the illegal activity and the untouchable attitude and boldness that this trash has brought to their community,” he said. “We have already visited several of the problem houses, made arrests, issued citations, and taken a high visibility approach to deter crime. We have assured these criminals that their life is about to be miserable. We are working with Spalding County Code Enforcement in the area and have had power service pulled from one of the problem houses due to code issues. Just like with anywhere we go, we will use every resource available to stop them, arrest them, run them out, or move them on. The option they choose is on them.”

Manley is being held in the Spalding County Jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug related objects, obstruction of officers and tampering with evidence.


  1. Anthony Vaughn says:

    Good Job Spalding County Sheriffs Department !👍

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