More than a dozen suspects arrested in ongoing undercover drug investigation | News

More than a dozen suspects arrested in ongoing undercover drug investigation | News

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers arrested more than a dozen suspects on assorted drug charges Tuesday morning throughout Washington County.

The undercover drug operation, which began in April, was jointly spearheaded by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Ocmulgee Drug Task Force, which is headquartered in Milledgeville.

The investigation, which remains ongoing and is expected to yield additional arrests, focused on street-level drug sales in Sandersville, Tennille, Davisboro and Harrison, according to Washington County Sheriff Joel Cochran.

“This is an active investigation and it doesn’t stop today,” Cochran told The Union-Recorder during an interview at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning. “There will definitely be more arrests as a result of this ongoing investigation.”

Mike Wolfe, assistant commander of the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force, headed up field operations and oversaw the arrests made Tuesday. He was assisted by Wesley Nunn, who serves as commander of the drug task force that assists area law enforcement agencies in drug investigations.

“We’ve been very blessed to have a number of statewide partners to help us in this investigation, as well as in past investigations,” Cochran said. “They don’t have jurisdictional lines. We actually managed to team up with state and federal agencies in this particular case. The cooperate effort between all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies made this day possible.”

Agencies participating in Tuesday’s roundup of drug suspects included the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Regional Office in Eastman; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Gang Violence Task Force from the Region 6 Office in Milledgeville; Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville; Sandersville Police Department; Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office; Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office; Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office; Georgia Department of Community Supervision; and U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force from Macon.

The sheriff said he would like nothing better than to make an announcement that the latest drug arrests would rid illegal drugs from the streets of Washington County.

“But that’s a fairy tale,” Cochran said. “I do believe it’s going to put a dent in the availability of drugs in Washington County. We will continue to do what we can to rid illegal drugs from our county. This case has brought us positive results and helped us get these culprits off the streets.”

Cochran said he looks forward to seeing justice carried out now that these individuals have been taken into custody.

“We’ve spent a lot of time, effort and resources in investigating the people involved in this case,” Cochran said.

One of the first arrest made Tuesday came shortly after daybreak.

Authorities went to a residence off Ga. Highway 242 in Sandersville, where they arrested a female suspect.

From that time on until 11 a.m., suspects were taken to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Sandersville and jailed.

After being booked and processed on drug-related charges, each suspect was interviewed by law enforcement officers.

Several of the arrests made Tuesday stemmed from drug charges. 

Authorities released the names of the following people as suspects in the latest drug investigation in Washington County. They include:

  • Keon Cooper, of the 500 block of Wiggins Street, Sandersville, charged with one count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Karee Johnson, of the 200 block of Church Street, Harrison, VGCSA for two counts of sale of methamphetamine.
  • Corey Dixion, of the 600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Extension, Harrison, charged with VGCSA for two counts of sale of methamphetamine.
  • Ashley Price, of Wrightsville, VGCSA for two counts of sale of methamphetamine.
  • Sandra Butts, of the 300 block of Hospital Road, Sandersville, VGCSA for two counts of sale of cocaine, and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
  • Rick Gasaway, of Sandersville, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Freddie Brooks, of the 300 block of Poplar Street, Sandersville, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Charles Poole, of the 300 block of Keg Creek Lane, Sandersville, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Jason Garner, of the 200 block of First Avenue, Tennille, VGCSA for two counts of sale of methamphetamine.
  • Willie Duckworth, of the 3000 block of Ga. Highway 242, Sandersville, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Christopher Bivins, of the 200 block of Lincoln Drive, Tennille, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Stephanie Boyd, of the 1100 block of Ga. Highway 242, Sandersville, VGCSA for sale of morphine, a Scheduled II narcotic.
  • Ernest Johnson Jr., of the 700 block of McCarty Street, Sandersville, VGCSA for two counts of trafficking cocaine, and use of a communications device during a felony crime.
  • Ricardo Heggs, of the 100 block of Bell Lane, Davisboro, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine.
  • Tawaine Jamar “Tramaine” Hagars, of the 300 block of Elder Street, Sandersville, VGCSA for six counts of sale of cocaine, and two counts of sale of MDMA or estascy.
  • Arthur Brandon III, of Ivey Drive, Sandersville, surrendered Tuesday morning to authorities at the sheriff’s office. He is charged with VGCSA for one count of sale of crack cocaine.
  • Zaveion Mills, of the 700 block of Peachtree Drive, Sandersville, VGCSA for sale of crack cocaine. He is the suspect who was involved in a foot chase with lawmen. 

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