Investigators with the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office made what they characterized as two major drug busts last week.
Reports at the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office said that Friday deputies with the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department and an agent with Parole and Probation went to 163 Treswell Road in Ashley County to conduct a home visit on parolee Jimmy Don Kelley.
Officers conducted a search of the residence and recovered approximately an ounce and a half of suspected methamphetamine, $780 in cash, and drug paraphernalia.
Kelley, Zachary Daniel Norrell, Clint Aiken, Richard Waycaster, Devon Graves and Amanda Stricklin were arrested from the residence and charged. All six were charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Kelley was also charged with intent to deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug premises, and tampering with evidence.
Aiken was charged with possession as well as intent to deliver.
It was the second largest drug bust made by the ACSO in the recent weeks.
On March 29, deputies executed a search warrant at 2406 Highway 189 North in Hamburg.
Deputies recovered more than five ounces of suspected methamphetamine, 31.5 Acetaminophen and Oxycodone pills, nine Acetaminophen and Hydryocodone pills, approximately $4,400 in cash, drug paraphernalia, and six firearms. Antonia McClain was arrested from the residence and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said he feels that majority of crimes in Ashley county stem in one way or another from drugs.
“We are seeing crimes ranging from break-ins to murders that stem from drugs,” Sturgeon said.
Records at the ACSO show 25 methamphetamine-related arrests have been made in the last 30 days.
Those arrested recently for possession of methamphetamine include Jason Lochridge, Tanner Oden, Jarrett Graves, Jasmine Davis, Justice Johnson, Haley Harris, Jake Ebarb, Catherine Johnson, Marc Bridges, Robert Ramirez, Toney Banks, Austin McDougald, Thomas Tipps and Robert Duncan.
In addition, Amber Quimby was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and simutaneous possession of drugs and firearm.
Miriam Drennon was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Bryan Tanksley was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of methamphatemine.
Shane Reeves and Brittany Middlebrooks were both arrested with over two ounces of meth and charged with possession of a controlled substance and intent to deliver.
Investigator Josh Pollock said all of the arrests have been made since March 1 and that the ACSO will continue to crack down on the rising drug problem.
“We at the Ashley County Sheriff’s Department are going to be proactive and make drug dealers and drug users lives as hard as we possibly can and we are taking a stand to try to clean up the drugs in Ashley County,” Sturgeon said.