Law enforcement efforts initiated and aided by citizen involvement and tips.
On June 9, the Toccoa Police Department Narcotics Detective, along with Stephens County Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Toccoa Police Department patrol units, served a search warrant at 128 Camden Court following a month0long investigation into the selling of drugs from that location, Police Chief Jimmy Mize said in a press release this afternoon, June 23.
"This investigation was started with a citizen complaint about suspicious activity," Mize said. "Upon completion of the search warrant, Jestin Daniels, 19, and Kali Rain Phillips, 19, were both charged with Distribution of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Transactions in Drug Sales within 1,000 feet of Government Housing. Oryan Wiley, 20, was also arrested for Possession of Marijuana during that warrant."
The arrests on June 9 brought the total of arrests during this effort within Toccoa's Government Housing community to nine.
April 30 - Peter Turowski, 71, Queen Street - Arrested for possession of marijuana after complaints from citizens in the area.
April 30 - Ronnie Cheek, 39, Audubon Street - Arrested for Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and Drug Related Objects.
May 8 - Terrance Rashad Fortson, 29, Ramey Terrace - Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Trespass, and Possession of Drug Related Objects following the serving of a search warrant by Toccoa PD and Stephens County CID. Also arrested were Damarian Queshawn Flentall, 31, for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Related Objects; and Carrie Paige McIntosh, 28, for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Related Objects.
June 23 - Adam Blake Griffin, 31, Skyview Lane - Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and an outstanding June 1 warrant for Selling Methamphetamine, and Transactions in Drug Sales within 1,000 Feet of Government Housing.
"The Toccoa Police Department has a strong working relationship with GA Housing Authority and will continue to work closely with them to remove persons who wish to use the properties as a location to sell drugs," Mize stated. "More arrests of drug dealers in Housing is expected as the effort continues. Toccoa PD would also like to thank all of the citizens who provided information in an effort to improve their community. We would also like to thank the Stephens County Sheriff's Office Drug Investigator and CID Units for their continued efforts in the investigations."
If you see or know of suspicious activity or drug activity in your community, you can report it anonymously to Toccoa PD, Mize stated. Two ways of reporting are by calling (706) 282-3302 or online by clicking either the "Crime Reporting" or "Drug Activity" link at www.cityoftoccoa.com