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Sheriff’s office arrests 12 on drug charges

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    This metal box, which PCSO Lt. Harry Luke described as “a candy store for shooting up dope,” was confiscated during the arrest of an Eatonton man on Feb. 5. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY PCSO/Lt. Harry Luke
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    Heroin packaged for sale and scales were confiscated during the arrest of an Eatonton man who had been selling illegal drugs near a local school.
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    Methamphetamine and other objects were found during the arrest of a man who reportedly had been banished from Putnam County but had reportedly moved back and was hiding from authorities.
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    Drug related items lay on a probation form following the arrest of a couple on Foxtail Drive.

Instead of a dozen roses for Valentines Day, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office got an even dozen drug-related arrests. PCSO Detective Lt. Harry Luke once again credited the public for providing him with the tips of the suspicious activity.

“Probation must make people do drugs, because almost all of them were on probation when arrested,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said dryly.

The dozen includes:

Jacorey Lavoris Whitehead, 35, of Old Glennwood Springs Rd., Eatonton. Undercover purchases were made on three separate dates in January and February from Whitehead at his house, which is within 1,000 feet of the property line of the primary school. “He had a heroin and marijuana mercantile establishment,” said Sills. Whitehead was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with three counts Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act-sale of heroin, VGCSA-possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and transaction of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public or private school.

Joshua Lynn Kersey, 33, of Ivey Farms Road, McIntyre. Kersey was supposed to be attending drug accountability court in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit system, but he never showed up, Luke said. “He was banished from the county and had moved out, but he moved back in and was on the hideout,” Luke said. “But thanks to the general public picking up their phone and calling us, we found him.” Kersey was arrested Feb. 14 on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and probation violation-possession of methamphetamine.

Charles Dale Mitchell, age unknown, of Foxtail Drive, Eatonton. Mitchell was recently released from prison in Wyoming, Luke said. Mitchell is originally from Putnam County, Georgia, and was arrested and convicted here years ago on drug-related charges. When he was released on probation, he went to Wyoming where he was arrested for burglary, Luke said, and added “So when he got out, he came back here.” Mitchell was arrested Jan. 30 on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax), and probation violation.

Jason Wayne Black, 38, of Milledgeville Road, Eatonton, was arrested Feb. 5 on charges of financial transaction card fraud (Baldwin County warrant), possession of marijuana, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Black was on probation and is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, according to Luke. “He had just got out of prison and had a black metal box that contained a candy store for shooting up dope,” Luke said.

Elizabeth Ann Cheek, 40, of Milledgeville Road, Eatonton, arrested Feb. 5 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and financial transaction card fraud (Baldwin County warrant).

Leslie Ann Stephens, age unknown, of Foxtail Drive, Eatonton, arrested Jan. 30 on charges of possession of drug related object (Butts County warrant), possession of methamphetamine, and possession of Schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax).

Ryan Paul McBurnett, 38, of Southshore Road, Eatonton, and Constance Desirae Evans, 32, of Newsome Street, both arrested Feb. 5 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related object. Luke said the sheriff’s office as well as the Division of Family and Children Services had received tips that the couple was selling drugs out of their Southshore Road home, so a probation search warrant was executed.

Hester Cole Snipes, 18, of Sweet Shrub Drive, Eatonton, was arrested Feb. 14 during a traffic stop on charges of possession of Schedule I controlled substance (THC oil), driving on the wrong side of the road, and speeding 77 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Douglas Alexander Perez Samayoa, 28, and Audiel Perez Samayoa, 25, both of Linchburg Road, Eatonton, and Jardis Domingo Lopez, 22, of Long Shoals Point, Eatonton, were all three arrested after a traffic stop on Feb. 13 and charged with possession of methamphetamine.