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20 arrested in Brantley drug sweep

Special to SEGAZINE

drugbustThe Brantley County Sheriff’s Office began making arrests Saturday at 3 a.m. at the end of a long term drug investigation along with the Hoboken Police Department, the state probation agency, Ware CI K-9 and the Georgia State Patrol,

When  the operation ended at about 9 a.m. officials had seized over a pound of marijuana and a small amount of meth and had arrested more than 20 suspected drug dealers.

More arrests are expected of those who could not be located this weekend.

Those arrested included:

Clay Hendricks was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Tamara Doppke was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Aaron Royster was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Dalton Remtula was arrested and charged with 1 count of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Ashley Jacobs was arrested and charged with 1 count of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Devin Johns was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance.

Zak Partin was arrested and charged with Purchase, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, sale of Marijuana.

Marquin Cohen was arrested and charged with 2 counts Purchase, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, sale of Marijuana.

Curtis Noel was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Jay Bell was arrested and charged with Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Chase Hamil was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Dustin Crosby was arrested and charged with Purchase, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, sale of Marijuana.

Ben McDowell was arrested and charged with Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Jessica Highsmith was arrested and charged with Purchase, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution, sale of Marijuana.

Maranda Conley was arrested and charged with Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Scott Crews was arrested and charged with Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Jason Thrift was arrested and charged with 3 counts Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Brian Wilson was arrested and charged with Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Charles Dean was arrested and charged with 2 counts Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Brad Davis was arrested and charged with 2 counts Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Robert Barnaby was arrested and charged with Party to Crime Sale of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Dylan Prefontaine was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance/Possession Drug Related Objects.

Chelsea Noel was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance/Possession Drug Related Objects.

Tina Crews was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance/Possession Drug Related Objects.

Kenneth Baker was arrested and charged with Possession Marijuana less than ounce.

Curtis Baker was arrested and charged with Possession Marijuana less than ounce.

John Eric Sumner was arrested and charged with Possession Marijuana less than ounce.

One juvenile was arrested for Sale of Controlled Substance.

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29 Responses to 20 arrested in Brantley drug sweep

  1. Disappointed Lady Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

    There was a few people named here was innocent, wrong place wrong time! One of these people was here on vacation!! This is bull crap the law was after one person and got that person to but then arrested 3 people that shouldn’t have been arrested and who has never been in trouble and these people spent 3 days in jail for something that had nothing to do with them!! Just plain bull crap!!!!

    • Lisa Reply

      March 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      So if they knew “the law was after 1 person” why was an “innocent” person hanging with that 1? I was taught if you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas! Good job LEOs…..

  2. Dana Tatro Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Wat a wonderful job..glad c all counties takin control of drugs in street !!! Main drug this meth ..I’m sick of hearin how many ppl it is destroying I have family members that was in this and got caught and glad they did before it got worse it destroying so many families …plz keep up the good work!!!

  3. Hoboken native Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Glad to see this happening! We have had too many drug related deaths and accidents lately. We are an awesome small town but the drugs production and distribution tarnishes our town. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to all parties. And if someone was in “wrong place at wrong time” well hopefully it is a lesson learned. Usually bad company corrupts good morals. Like I said- we are an awesome small town- great people, school, and churches. It is time people know us for that!

  4. Laura Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    To Disappointed Lady: Sometimes people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately that’s life. Instead of being disappointed you should be happy. Happy that there are less drug dealers on the street. Happy that the police are doing their jobs. Just be appreciative of the fact the law enforcement officers are trying to clean up the streets for the innocent, making a safer place for our families, our children. Those innocent people couldn’t be that innocent if they were running around with so many drug dealers though, think about it.

  5. A little let down Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I was thrilled to hear about this at first, but looking at the amount of people arrested compared to the amount of drugs seized is a major let-down. Was everything confiscated in small quantities? Come on Sheriff, we expect more than this in the fight against drugs! Bust these people pumping out large quantities of pills and flooding the streets with meth. Busting multiple people for small amounts of marijuana just doesn’t seem like the result of a long-term police operation. Very disappointed..

  6. lawenforcement_supporter Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    @ disappointed lady always remember you are who you choose to hang around

    Good job clean up our towns

  7. Just Plain Disappointed Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Dealers? Not hardly. These were small-timers, mostly users. The police nabbed most of these “sales” by having a couple confidential informants beg people to help them score a hit. This is dirty policing, at its best. Do your job. Investigate something. How about a dealer? A manufacturer? Nope. No room at the inn for those. They’d rather take down 100 little guys than one big guy at the top. Disgusting!

  8. Wayne Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    If you hang-out, vacation with or associate with known drug dealers or drug users, you are guilty by association. Pick another destination to chill and enjoy your time off. It will be a lot less expensive to go to the Florida Keys, Disney or the mountains rather than pay attorney fees, fines for indescretion and the dredded explanation to your boss back home why you couldn’t get back to your job if your vacation was up. Somebody needs new friends!

  9. AJ Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    To Disappointed Lady. If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Hanging with those doing drugs is not smart, even if you ard not using yourself.

  10. kat Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    this is why MARIJUANA should be LEGAL! What a waste of taxpayer $, and resources better used to stop child abuse or to help the good citizens that work 40 hr week min wage job and can’t afford a place to live or food to eat!!! Meth I can understand-dangerous drug makes dangerous ppl. but how can they be proud of themselves for busting ppl for pot? Don’t you in authority have better things to do with your position?? there are good people suffering and pot is a remedy not a danger. Bad people are raping and killing babies- where were the police when that baby Antonio was shot between the eyes- camping out in their car eating donuts waiting to catch ppl with silly pot?? really?? ridiculous. addicts don’t need jail-they just want them in jail to pay their salaries. smh

  11. Stunned Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    What a waste of resources. Get the meth . But……pot…really? Schedule one drug pot is same class as meth, LSD? Really? SMH.

  12. J Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I think they did a wonderful job. I like to see the meth and meth addicts taken off the street. Marijuana NO. Completely different. One drug is highly dangerous and the other is harmless. Unless you want to be lazy with the munchies. But still great job Brantley Co. for protecting our streets a lil bit.

  13. dummy Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    thats a whole lot of people to be dealing just 1 pound of weed…sounds like a bunch of bs to me…those must be some heavy rollers to be slanging about half an ounce a piece…dopehead cops

  14. Nightwalker Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I think some of you are right the small folks selling weed are a small fraction of the problem . it does,nt kill you it is meth and pills that you need to address stop the pain and deaths of innocent people and Jail is not the place for these people help is the thing there is no help real help that is open a real rehab for them offer them a chance in life teach them jobs and education is the way to get off the streets you know these people can,t afford the places that offer real help spend tax payers money on that they can be better people given a chance thats it.

  15. Drug free Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Check how many of these people arrested are on Food Stamps and tell me that pot is “not a dangerous drug!”

    Pot is not a simple drug…it is a very complex and spiritual problem that too many people are ignorant of. Simply being “Lazy with the munchies” may not seem dangerous to some, but how about its dangerous effect on our society? What about the daddy or the momma who can’t get a job because they can’t pee clean? Oh well, just go on food stamps, right? The government will take care of your responsibilities, right?

    “Pot is a remedy, not a danger,” Really??? Yeah, pot or pills or alcohol or any substance that gives you a little “relief” from reality is a HUGE danger because if you are NOT sober minded you are not dealing with life responsibly. Bury your heads in the sand, float on down that lazy river of denial, lull yourselves to sleep and escape the reality of life so that you don’t have to make any real changes…stay in that toxic relationship or just suck off the system…someone will take care of you, right?

    Sure…let’s all just just ignore our problems, they will go away…let’s all just take another bong hit, medicate and anesthetize ourselves guys, “life is just too hard” right? “But you don’t know what I’ve had to deal with,” right?

    WAKE UP & get sober people …the enemy of the soul is rocking our world lulling all kinds of people off to lala land…because the straight & narrow path in life is just too hard to stay on, right? Well folks enjoy the trip down easy street…it’s not gonna last too much longer, something’s gotta’ give.

  16. lorie Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I think its wonderful that the law is getting these ppl off the street. I saw on here that some ppl disagree with arresting ppl with marijuana but i believe that its a drug and its illegal so the ppl should go down as well as the ppl with meth. Great job done this small town needs a huge clean up with more drug bust like this.

  17. nail Reply

    March 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    A pound of pot GOOD JOB !!! WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

  18. William Gibson Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Good job.

    There is something very notable about this. Look at the names. They cover almost all of the powerful families in the county. That is a new thing. And a good thing. Thanks to the Sheriff.

    And thanks to the Enterprise. Good job. I would like to pay my fair share for what you do. How much is fair and how can I pay i?

  19. Julie Lane Shiflett Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Great Job!!!! Keep it up. . .clean it up and ship them out!!!! We want our streets clean!

  20. Fred G. Sanford Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Let’s see what really happened. The government spent 50k, to bust one pound of marijuana (1500$ at most), causes all of the people arrested to lose their license, job, maybe kids, house, car, spouse, or ban from people who don’t trust. Some will serve jail time at $46k a year plus court costs, drug classes, and probation! Seems like a little weed has cost everyone in Brantley except the people who keep their jobs because of prohibition!

  21. Not a Brantley resident Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 6:04 am

    It is amazing to me the ones that call this bull crap and say the cops should be doing “real investigating”. Brantley has been gaining in reputation as one of the largest drug counties per capita and some residents feel this sting operation was unjust. Perhaps you have family members who were listed. And sorry J NO drug is HARMLESS not even pot. Media coverage as of late makes it appear as pot is just nothing…hope you are never run into someone on the road that is smoking pot and driving. Just saying.

  22. annette Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 7:29 am

    they never go for the dealers just the ones on the drugs if they would get the dealers there would be less drug using but for some reason the wont mess with the dealers I don’t think drug users should have to go to jail I think they should be put in a rehab to get help what is jail going to do for the nouthing sit in there and talk about what they use lol I don’t think jail is the place for them that’s all im saying glad there cleaning it up but they putting them in the wrong place cause its not helping them with there addiction

  23. Stunned Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Rather run into a stoner on the highway than a drunk. Just saying…..

  24. Danny and Valerie Reply

    March 13, 2014 at 12:28 am

    We agree with Mr. Sanford’s response and as hard working, tax paying citizens we feel this is an egregious display of wasted resources and money. Instead of the county “cleaning” up the streets we would appreciate if they would PAVE ours! Our dirt road rivals one found in a third world country. Yippee… A whole pound of pot. Way to go Brantley county; way to go.

  25. Linda DuBose Reply

    March 13, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I am amazed @ the lack of respect some of you have for your Officers of the Law. I am surprised to learn some think that marijuana is harmless. It is a mind altering chemical. Many times it is responsible for leading one to another drug when it no longer gives you the feeling you are looking for and you have developed a tolerance. Brantley County has gotten a bad reputation regarding sale and use of drugs. This is sad because when I grew up in Brantley people were proud, responsible. hard working and had goals greater than just escaping into a world of drugs, entitlement, and blame. I hate seeing this reputation having to be shared by those residents who do not share this approach to life. Many people search for small towns and close knit communities such as Brantley County. There are priceless values and community support systems there that you will not find in larger cities. Your school system has a good reputation that has that has been envied by other areas.

  26. happy Reply

    March 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    to the nightwalker…… fyi they go after the little ones to get to the big ones!!!!! they scare the poop out of em with a huge sentence and then give them an alternative!!!!!! the alternative is to be a confidential informant….. then their case simply gets thrown out or reduced!!!!!!!

  27. happy Reply

    March 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    these small time drug users will do anything to get out of jail. they simply just turn in their dealer because they know the next one is around the corner waiting for their money

  28. That guy Reply

    March 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I’m glad they’re putting the effort to clean the streets up. Though I don’t agree pot is harmful as the rest, in Georgia it’s still considered an illegal drug. They can’t bust everyone else and leave the potheads alone, it’s their job to do what the law says and right now.. Pot is illegal and you can’t be mad about them getting arrested, I think it should be done for the right reasons. I know the county needs money and I hope they aren’t just doing this to collect. If this is what it takes to get rid of it then I support it

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