Friday, February 15, 2013
Response to a burn patient late Thursday led law enforcement to the suspected lab.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, February 15
Oconee County law enforcement officials were at an East Haven Trail residence Friday investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab, according to an email to media from Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Lee Weems. About 11 p.m. Thursday, a helicopter landed at Malcom Bridge Elementary School to transport a burn patient, Weems said. Investigators later determined the man had likely been injured while cooking meth. A hazardous materials team was among the units called to the East Haven Trail residence, Weems said. The Sheriff's Office is also updating on its Facebook Page.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
An Athens man faces charges stemming from the Jan. 8 incident in Oconee County, Ga. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.
When an Athens man exited his truck at the request of an Oconee County Sheriff's deputy and immediately placed his hands behind his back without being prompted to do so, the deputy says he was tipped off that some type of criminal activity had probably taken place. The traffic stop on Jan. 8 occurred around 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mars Hill and Bells roads after the deputy witnessed some erratic driving, according to an incident report. The driver told the deputy he'd just left a friend's house and stopped at a convenience store. He also reportedly admitted to having consumed a beer earlier in the day. The deputy asked the man to exit the Chevy Silverado and meet him at the back of the truck. The man complied, according to the …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Deputies reportedly found the drug during a traffic stop on US 441 at Lampkin Branch Road. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
A traffic stop Saturday afternoon netted three arrests for methamphetamine possession. According to an incident report, Oconee County Sheriff's deputies pulled over a 2002 Pontiac on US 441 near Lampkin Branch Road just before 4 p.m. on Dec. 22. Prior to a search of the vehicle, a backseat passenger reportedly confessed to deputies "that there were illegal drugs in the vehicle but would not elaborate as to what the drug was, where it was located, or who it belonged to," the deputy wrote. One of the deputies found a bag containing suspected methamphetamine, according to the report, but none of the individuals in the car claimed ownership so all were arrested. Charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a drug-related object…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Oconee County Sheriff's deputies last week investigated a report of a drug deal in the parking lot of the convenience store on Monroe Highway. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
A resident of McNutt Creek Road is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and intent to distribute the drug. Oconee County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to RaceTrac on Monroe Highway around 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 17 to investigate a possible drug transaction, according to an incident report. An anonymous caller had provided a dispatcher with the description and tag number of a black Datsun truck and reported having seen a plastic bag trade hands, the report noted. The truck's tag was checked and it had no valid insurance. One of the deputies reports he spotted the truck in the RaceTrac parking lot, but lost contact with it as he turned his patrol vehicle around. The tag was registered to an address on McNutt Creek Road, so the …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Oconee County deputies respond to a report of a "paranoid" man at the Golden Pantry on Macon Highway.
Oconee County Sheriff's deputies say a man acting strange Sunday at a local convenience store was taken for medical treatment after his friend told them the man had snorted methamphetamine and smoked some synthetic marijuana or bath salts. When deputies arrived at the Golden Pantry at 5171 Macon Highway around 2 p.m., they say they found the man pacing at the rear of the store near the cooler, yelling about being followed by the "Mexican Mafia" and claiming someone had killed his twin sister. Deputies asked the 35-year-old man from Surfside Beach, South Carolina to stop and sit on the floor, but report he "was paranoid and could not keep still." A friend of the man was attempting to calm him down and offer him juice, but the man began …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Criminal indictments are not evidence of guilt; they are only charges. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
In a drug case that originated from a traffic stop last January, a federal grand jury has handed down an indictment to a northeast Georgia woman. Officials with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office reported Monday they received a copy of the indictment for 23-year-old Kirsten Danielle Jones of Watkinsville on one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Deputies have been working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Georgia State Patrol on the joint investigation, and a federal grand jury reviewed the case last week, according to the news release. Booking reports show Jones was arrested on Jan.11, 2012 and initially charged with three counts of purchase, possession, manufacture, or distribution of drugs; …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Roadways leading to the Moreland Heights Road address were closed Friday evening.
On a rainy Friday evening, a Hazardous Materials Team from Athens-Clarke County donned protective gear and headed into a home on Moreland Heights Road in Oconee County to test substances authorities believe may be components of a meth lab. Deputies and Oconee County firefighters set up a perimeter around the home as the HazMat team readied for the search, but no surrounding homes were evacuated. "We have what we believe to be an active meth lab here," Lee Weems, chief deputy of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, said at the scene. If their suspicions are confirmed, it will be the third meth lab in two days tied to 22-year-old Billy Joe Shealy, Jr., the tenant of the 1081 Moreland Heights Road home. Shealy was booked into the Oconee County…
Three arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office reports.
A routine traffic stop has uncovered components of meth labs and stolen property in Oconee and Barrow counties and has led to the arrests of three suspects, including a father and son. Investigations began Thursday around 3 p.m. when an Oconee deputy pulled over the driver of a small pickup truck in the Oconee Plaza shopping center parking lot on Hog Mountain Road. According to Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry, the deputy became suspicious of materials visible in the bed of the truck and a Hazadous Materials Team was brought in to test for suspected methamphetamines. Field tests confirmed the presence of the drug and materials used in its manufacture, Chief Deputy Lee Weems said Thursday night, and the materials were being packaged for …