SCSO operation nets 26 on drug, gang and weapon charges

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The photograph of Angela Beckom initially released by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was NOT the person for whom arrests warrants have been obtained.

STAFF REPORT :::

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office during the week of Sept. 3, executed search warrants countywide resulting in the issuance of arrests warrants for 26 people on a variety of drug, gang, weapon and other charges.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the Special Operations Division, C.A.G.E. Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Uniform Patrol Division made a series of arrests resulting from an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, opioids and other narcotics in Griffin and Spalding County.

Arrests warrants were obtained for 26 individuals for a variety of charges, and search warrants were executed at seven locations.

Thus far, 19 have been arrested and are being held in the Spalding County Jail pending their first appearance hearings. The remaining seven are being sought by the Sheriff’s Office.

Arrested were:

Otis Evans, age 43, of 755 Futral Road, who is charged with possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute, conspiracy to sale Oxycodone, cruelty to children and felony violation of probation;

Brittney Miller, age 26, of 113 Watts Circle, who is charged with party to the crime of sale of Oxycodone and cruelty to children;

Tracy Bozeman, age 52, of 426 Meriwether St., who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects, possession of Alprazolam, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and sale of methamphetamine;

Joseph Moore, age 62, of 46 Cherokee Ave., who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and disorderly house;

Hannah Smith, age 20, of 46 Cherokee Ave., who is charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects;

Jack Campbell, of 408 Irving Ave., who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related charges and violation of probation;

Mary Sneed, age 19, of 51 Park Ave., who is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects;

Amanda Rivers, age 30, of 1619 Piedmont Road, who is charged with violation of probation;

Marcus Bonner, of 46 Cherokee Ave., who is charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, possess of drug related objects and violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act;

Stormy Allen, age 43, of 46 Cherokee Ave., who is charged with violation of probation;

Ashely Blankenship, age 36 , of 143 Morris Mill Road, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic and possession of drug related objects;

Andrew Beckham, age 59, of 59 Dutchman Road Lot #11, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects;

Roxanne Chambers, age 40 , of 59 Dutchman Road Lot #11, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects;

Carlton Lewis, age 39, of 455 Laney Road, McDonough, who is charged with sell of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, sale of Xanax, possession of Xanax and possession of Xanax with intent to distribute;

Joshua Miller, age 20, of 1326 Spellman Ave., who is charged with sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act;

Miranda Fonfield, age 62 years, of 1319 Spellman Ave., who is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug related objects;

Shelby Barge, age 32, of 5291 Old Atlanta Road Lot 326, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;

Alisha Ferris, age 40, of 5291 Old Atlanta Road Lot 326, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and possession of marijuana less than one ounce; and

Hunter Jones, age 20 Years, of 501 Highway 16 E., Jackson, who is charged with sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The following individuals have active warrants for their arrests as a result of this operation and are urged to turn themselves in to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office:

Nicholas Hill, age 33, of 209 S. Stewart Lane, who is wanted on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and sale of methamphetamine;

Ashley Reece, age 30, of 267 Jones Road, Milner, who is wanted on charges of party to the crime of sale of methamphetamine and illegal use of a communication facility;

Crystal Wynn, age 35, of 5291 Old Atlanta Road Lot #281, who is wanted on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related charges;

Angela Beckom, age 52, of 59 Dutchman Road Lot #11, who is wanted on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and sale of methamphetamine;

Christopher Brown, age 28, of 282 Fox Road, who is wanted on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related charges;

Taylor Whitney, age 25, of 1328 S. Lee St., who is wanted on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects; and

Benquavious Paige, age 25, of 1328 S. Lee St., who is wanted on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug related objects.

As part of this operation, search warrants were executed at the following locations:

636 N. Pine Hill Road
59 Dutchman Road Lot #11
426 Meriwether St.
5291 Old Atlanta Road Lot 326
5291 Old Atlanta Road Lot 281
46 Cherokee Ave.
1328 S. Lee St.

“This investigation is a continuation of the promise that we made to make the lives of drug dealers and gang members in Spalding County miserable. We warned them that we were going to come after them and that the days of their free reign in this county were over. Some of these offenders have affiliations with criminal street gangs such as the ghost face gangsters (sic), and the investigation of these ties may lead to more of those on this list being charged under the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act. Narcotics distribution goes hand in hand with thefts and violent crime and these types of operations have a direct effect on those crimes, it’s not just about drug dealers and gang bangers,” Dix said. “We also know that this operation and these arrests alone will not stop the problem. There are others doing the same thing in different neighborhoods effecting the quality of life of the people who live there, and we will do all we can to stop them. The owners of the residences where the search warrants were executed, and drug sales took place, will be placed on notice regarding the illegal activity happening on their property. This will give them the opportunity to save their investment by evicting these offenders and if they are serious, help us clean up the neighborhoods where they own houses. If they choose not to, they may face seizure of their property if the activities continue. We have been fighting this fight to make Spalding County safer since I took office and we will continue with that promise. Just like we have been doing, we will keep coming for them.”

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