Traffic stops lead to drug arrests

Written by  Monday, 03 March 2014 11:27

  According to information from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department, investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team observed four people in two separate vehicles, meeting and leaving a spot under surveillance. 

Emily RushingEmily Rushing

  Both vehicles, a black Mercedes occupied by 26 year old Emily Francis Tambi RichTambi RichRushing of Nature’s Way and 35 year old Tambi Rich of Wren Lane, and the other, a Dodge Charger by Johnny Lee Branch Jr., 33, Park Place Apartments, were stopped by CST members and an alert by a K-9 officer lead to the discovery of crack cocaine.  The car had been reported stolen from Atlanta.


  Search warrants were conducted at Rushing’s residence on Nature's Way where investigators found heroin and multiple syringes.  That lead to the residence of 25 year old Michael Rice at Stadium Walk Apts on Lanier Drive.  There investigators say they discovered a quantity of heroin and arrested Rice.

 Johnny Lee Branch, Jr.Johnny Lee Branch, Jr.

  Rushing was charged with 1 count each of Trafficking Heroin, Possession of Cocaine and Theft by Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle. Rice was charged with 1 count each of Trafficking Heroin, Sale of Heroin and Sale of Cocaine.  He was also charged with previous sales of heroin and cocaine observed by CST members.

 Michael RiceMichael Rice

  Rich was charged with 1 count Possession of Cocaine.  Branch  was charged with No Drivers License and 1 count Possession of Cocaine.


  According to the release "These arrests demonstrate the interconnected nature of drug sales in Bulloch County and the number of neighborhoods and apartment complexes



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