The Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Douglas Coffee Drug Unit, the Douglas Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office on May 1 and 3 executed seven search warrants and four arrest warrants in Coffee and Jeff Davis counties.
The warrants were the culmination of an investigation initiated in August, 2017, after gathering intelligence and complaints received by concerned citizens regarding drug activity. Seized were: $410,000 in cash, approximately 16 ounces of crack cocaine (street value approximately $19,200), approximately three kilos of powder cocaine (street value approximately $90,000), approximately 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana (street value approximately $247,500), various drug paraphernalia (which included packaging material for drug distribution), six rifles, four handguns, 25 vehicles, 11 engine motors, and five trailers.
• Germany Jordan, 31, on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Wayne Jordan, 58, on charges of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Martonio Mitchell, 47, charges pending.
• Juan Bennett, 33, charges pending.
There are other arrests anticipated as the investigation continues.
The Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO) is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) led drug task force staffed by GBI agents, and Task Force Officers (TFO) selected from member agencies. It is the mission of the SRDEO to identify and prosecute drug distributors operating in the Southeastern Georgia area.
Robert J. Murphy, the DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division, said, “These arrests and seizures are an excellent example of how DEA is committed to working with our state and local partners to eliminate drug trafficking in our local communities. DEA received several leads from concerned citizens that were crucial in the success of this investigation. This is an excellent example of the importance of the community speaking up and alerting law enforcement of illegal or suspicious activity. DEA and its law enforcement partners will work tirelessly to continue to bring to justice those responsible for putting this poison, along with the violent crime that often accompanies the drug trafficking, into our local communities.”
Jeff Davis Sheriff Preston Bohannon thanks the citizens of Jeff Davis County for the calls, information and prayers as the department continues combating drug issues in Jeff Davis County. “I would also like to say a big thank you to my staff who, work very hard in fighting crime in our county,” said Sheriff Bohannon.
“I would also like to thank Chief Ken Williams and the Hazlehurst Police Department for his assistance with the search warrants and arrest as a result of the listed investigated cases locally,” he said. “Together we will continue working together to make our county a better place to live, work and raise our families.”