Last Thursday Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators served a search warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of Lanier Drive regarding sales of marijuana there. Jeffrey Zane Strickland was arrested and charged with three counts of Sale of Marijuana, three counts of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Marijuana and a firearm were recovered during the search.
Investigators then conducted a “reverse sting” throughout the night and arrested 28 people who came to the apartment to buy marijuana. Charges ranged from Criminal Attempt to Purchase Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce). With the assistance of BCSO Jail Division deputies, all the defendants were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing. Several of those arrested have since been released on bond.
"The purpose of this operation," according to the Sheriff’s department, "was twofold. One was to interrupt drug sales from this location, an activity which often leads to more serious crimes such as home invasions for the purpose of stealing drugs from such locations. The other was to send a message to purchasers about the hidden dangers of participating in the drug trade. Investigators spoke with the defendants after their arrest about how drug sales impact the apartments and other areas of student housing in which they live."