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A high school umpire as well as a couple of people from Coffee County were among several individuals who were arrested on various drug charges in Jeff Davis County this week.
On Sunday, May 14, 2023, Hazlehurst law enforcement and emergency services responded to a residence reference to overdose. Emergency services arrived to a non-responsive male in the kitchen of a home. He was transported to the ER where he was given Narcan several times before responding. Law enforcement discovered that the subject had ingested a quantity of drugs that he had just purchased a dealer. A statement was made between the supplier and the buyer was that Narcan did not work on this new type of fentanyl. According to witnesses, the person who supplied the drugs fled the scene once the subject was unresponsive and before emergency services arrived. On Monday, May 15, the following day, the Hazlehurst Police Department requested assistance from the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office to assist in the investigation.
On Monday, May 15, the following day, the Hazlehurst Police Department requested assistance from the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office to assist in the investigation. After an investigation into the matter, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Douglas Street and its owner, Steven Lynn, an umpire with the Georgia High School Association. During a search of the residence, quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl were discovered and four suspects were arrested — Lynn, Ricky Mims, Walter Thompson III and Donette Livingston.
Later that afternoon, the drug investigators assisted the Georgia State Patrol on a traffic stop of an individual that was suspected to be driving under the influence. The driver stated she had her medication in the vehicle, officers searched the vehicle and discovered quantities of Xanax and subutex. It was later determined that the driver, Haley Marie McKinnon, did not have valid prescriptions for either of those medications. McKinnon was arrested and charged with DUI and possession charges, other charges are pending.
On May 16, 2023 around 1 a.m., a Jeff Davis County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding at 120 mph. The vehicle came to a stop but took off as the officer approached the vehicle, a chase ensued. Deputies chased the suspect several minutes before the vehicle "blacked out" in an attempt to get away. Essentially the vehicle reactivated the vehicle lights, after several minutes, the vehicle took a turn and came back towards deputies. Officers were able to identify the driver as Austin Louie Hand. The vehicle eventually turned into a field and the driver fled on foot. Deputies were unable to apprehend the suspect at that time. Later that afternoon, investigators and deputies located the subject at his residence. As officers arrived the subject attempted to hide under his mobile home but was apprehended, Hand was also in possession of methamphetamine during his arrest.
On May 19, 2023 at approximately 4:00 p.m. investigators noticed a subject leaving the courthouse that had an active warrant. Investigators approached the suspect and informed her of her warrant and took her into custody. Shelia Nicole McCarty was arrested on an active probation warrant, she was also in possession of Schedule III and IV controlled substances.
On May 20, 2023 at approximately 6:00 p.m. a Jeff Davis County deputy initiated a traffic stop on vehicle, the vehicle failed to yield and a chase ensued. The chase continued for several minutes and reached speeds of 110 mph, the vehicle turned onto a dirt lane and attempted to discard items out of the windows before coming to a complete stop. The driver Manuel Antonino Guerrero was arrested on site. Officers found the items that were tossed, a quantity of marijuana.
Later that night, the Department of Natural Resources was patrolling the Hinson's Landing. Officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Lindsey Miller and passenger Victoria Smith. During the incident, verbal consent was gained to search the vehicle by the driver. Officers found a bag in the backseat area, they asked the driver who the bag belonged to, she responded "Tyrone.” Officer asked the driver if he could search the bag, the driver gave consent. A quantity of methamphetamine was found inside, the driver ultimately stated that belonged to her, Miller was taken into custody. The passenger was arrested for an active probation warrant.
On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, drug investigators had confirmation on a subject with active warrants eating inside the local Burger King. Investigators approached the Kyle Girtman and informed him of the warrant. Girtman stood up and tried to run out of the restaurant but investigators took him down. Girtman eventually surrendered and was found to be in possession of drug related objects.
On May 25, 2023, investigators conducted an investigation on an inmate trying to orchestrate a drug drop at the county jail. During the investigation, investigators became aware that inmate Jordan Lann was instructing his girlfriend, Jerri Highsmith of Coffee County, to bring some drugs and conceal them in a manner in which officers could not detect. Highsmith eventually arrived at the jail with items in her hand and informed the jail staff that the items were for Jordan Lann. After retrieving the items, Highsmith walked out of the gates and was intercepted by law enforcement. Jordan and Highsmith are both being charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, use of communication facility in committing or facilitating commission of act which constitutes felony. Highsmith was received additional charges of crossing the guard lines with contraband. Other charges are also pending.
On May 26, approximately 6:00 p.m. drug investigators initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle yielded but did not come to a complete stop. Officers had to cut the vehicle off for it to completely stop. During the incident, officers discovered the driver had an active probation warrant. Officers located illicit prescription medications in the vehicle, a careful examination of the nearby area it appeared the driver discarded a quantity of methamphetamine. Jonathan Willis was arrested for his outstanding warrant and will have additional charges. His charges include a probation warrant, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and abandonment of a dangerous drug.
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