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Twiggs Co. Sheriff's Office highlight recent drug busts
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The Twiggs County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Tuesday to display a recent string of arrests and drug seizures they've had in recent weeks.

The arrests were made after a handful of traffic stops on Feb. 24, 25, March 3 and two on Monday. Deputies seized more than $100,000 in drugs.

"It is a big concern. It shows that the want for it, the drive for it, obviously if you've got a need, somebody's going to supply it. As hard as law enforcement agencies across the state continue to combat the drug situation, it still increases. And money drives it," said Darren Mitchum, Twiggs sheriff.

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Sheriff's officials released the following summary of the arrests:

Feb. 24:

Sgt. Jason Smith pulled over a rental vehicle on Interstate 16 driven by 28-year-old Marcus Reginald Anthony of Atlanta. Smith said Anthony, who was dressed in a security guard uniform with pajamas underneath, was shaking uncontrollably. The officer also said he detected a heavy smell of marijuana coming from the car. The officer learned that Anthony wasn't listed on the car's rental agreement and his license was suspended. During a search of the vehicle, Smith found a small amount of marijuana and two pounds of suspected cocaine. Anthony was charged with trafficking cocaine, illegal possession of controlled substance, suspended license and other moving violations.

Feb. 25: Lt. Scott Radebaugh pulled over a vehicle on I-16 driven by Montavious Vanpez Young, 28, of Cochran for a turn signal violation. While questioning Young, the suspect became very nervous and drove away when officers asked him to step out of the car. During a chase, the officer said Young swerved into oncoming traffic several times and threw suspected marijuana out of his window at two separate locations. The chase concluded when Young slammed into a tree. Deputies retrieved the marijuana that was thrown from the car and also found more inside the vehicle. The total weight was just under a pound. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and numerous traffic violations.

March 3: Radebaugh pulled over a vehicle on Hwy. 129 for an equipment violation. The vehicle was driven by Darrell Edward Hall, 31, of Cordele. The officer learned Hall's license was suspended and he had a warrant. When the vehicle was searched, the officer found two - one gallon bags of zip lock bags of marijuana. Hall was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, drug related objects, suspended license and window tint violation.

March 9: Deputy Kevin Wrye pulled over a vehicle on I-16 for a window tint violation. Warren Swinford, 21, of Dalton was the driver. Wrye noticed what appeared to be a Xanax pill. It was determined that it was Xanax and other unknown pills. The officer also found suspected heroin in Swinford's pocket. He was charged with possession of controlled substance and window tint violation.

March 9:

Wrye pulled over a vehicle on I-16 for an illegal window tint. The vehicle was driven by Harry Clyde Davis III of Waycross and passenger Chad Levert Smith, 39, of Dunwoody. The officer told the occupants he could smell marijuana and found two joints in the car, which also contained a locked safe. When the safe was opened, the officer found two pounds of suspected methamphetamine. Davis and Smith were charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Mitchum said the cases are still under investigation. He, however, doesn't believe they are connected.


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