Sheriff: Meth trafficker on parole arrested again for trafficking meth

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

An investigation conducted by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges related to trafficking methamphetamine.

That investigation led to the Jan. 16 execution of a search warrant by the SCSO S.W.A.T. Team at 1125 Placid Road, targeting Joshua Sparks and Alexis Duncan.

Officials say the search resulted in the seizure of a trafficking amount of methamphetamine, digital scales and packaging material.

Sparks and Duncan have both been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.

“We have been to this address in the past and we are familiar with Sparks. My Agents met with the homeowner and served her with notice that she can get control of the situation, or we will seek seizure of the property. In the past, warnings have been given by us, and help has been offered to the homeowner from us, but none was ever accepted. Enabling Sparks and allowing him to distribute methamphetamine from this house has continued,” said Sheriff Darrell Dix. “The citizens of this county deserve better and we are going to do all we can to ensure that Mr. Sparks serves all the time he has remaining and will face on these new charges. As far as Mrs. Duncan is concerned, she was encountered by agents before and warned that she needed to cease her activities in Spalding County. She ignored us and will now face prison for her choices.”

Sparks is currently being held in the Spalding County Jail without bond.

Duncan’s bond was set at $51,500.

Sparks was in 2016 convicted of distributing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was imprisoned on those charges but was since released and scheduled to be under the supervision of the Georgia Department of Pardons and Parole until 2032.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Sparks has been incarcerated in the Georgia penal system four times in less than 15 years.

Sparks first served from Aug. 8, 2006 through April 3, 2007; he was again incarcerated from March 15, 2010 through August 4, 2011; thirdly from July 9, 2012 through Dec. 16, 2012; and finally, from Aug. 2, 2016 through Aug. 20, 2018.

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