The unit is a joint effort between the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Drug Suppression Team and Target Enforcement Patrol and the Statesboro Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit.
A joint release Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson and Statesboro Director of Public Safety Wendell Turner said the purpose of the new team is to “put unceasing pressure on criminals of all types who prey on the innocent citizens of Statesboro- Bulloch County” and “will continue to improve the safety of the citizens of Statesboro and Bulloch County in the future.”
Nine people have been arrested in three investigations since the team was officially formed Tuesday. All the arrests involve misdemeanor or felony possession of and intent to distribute marijuana. Investigations into the incidents are continuing.
Among those in custody are 25 year old Terrel Robinson of Sylvania. He was arrested after fleeing an attempted traffic stop and running into El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant and tried to blend with the crowd. He was charged with criminal attempt to distribute marijuana, aggravated assault on a peace officers and other charges. Twenty year old Sharece Woods, described as his associate, was also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
J’Vaughn Payne, 19, of Rucker lane, 24 year old Bianca Pittman of Decatur and 18 year old Phillip Walton of Athens were charged with possession of marijuana after C.S.T. executed a search warrant at an apartment on Rucker Lane.
A traffic stop on Fair Road resulted in possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges against 24 year old Michael Johnson, 26 year old Matthew Gatson and 22 year ld Cornelius Roberts, all from Sylvania.
The execution of a search warrant at an apartment at Copper Beach Townhouses resulted in the arrests of 22 year old Raymontye Barlow for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence.