Meth investigation scope revealed

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FYN reported the seizure of more than $12,000 cash and 12 ounces of meth in a vehicle stop late last week. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has now released more information on the investigation that led to the stop, including other seizures and arrests.Release from Pickens S.O.:

A month long investigation into a methamphetamine distribution ring results in seven arrests, the seizure of over one pound of methamphetamine, and $20,000.

During the last month Drug Task Force Agents, along with Pickens County deputies, have conducted numerous operations. The operations have included search warrants, consent searches, vehicle pull-overs, and undercover operations.

Seven arrests have been made to include the following:

Rodney Smith, of Jasper, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; Rachel Watkins, of Jasper, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; Jason Elliott, of Jasper, possession of methamphetamine; Carla Martin, of Jasper, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; William Rider, of Jasper, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; Larry Walden, of Jasper, possession of methamphetamine; and Jonathan Scott, of Atlanta, trafficking methamphetamine.
Jessika Gurule, of Atlanta, will be arrested for trafficking methamphetamine at a later date. More arrests are anticipated in this investigation.

Over one pound of methamphetamine has been seized with a street value of approximately $15,000. Over $20,000 in cash has also been seized. During the investigation buyers and smaller distributors have been identified. The distribution ring was putting multiple pounds of methamphetamine on the street every month. The investigation has put a dent in the methamphetamine supply in Pickens County.

The Drug Task Force is supported by the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the District Attorney. If you have any information about drug activity in Pickens, Gilmer, or Fannin Counties please call 1-866-920-6384. All calls are anonymous.

Previous story, May 16, 2014:

The Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force along with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department conducted a vehicle stop that netted them a substantial bust and one arrest. Other arrests are anticipated in the case and they predict a culmination of those may be next week.

At around 7:30 a.m. this morning the units conducted a traffic stop on a BMW occupied by Jonathan Scott of the Atlanta area. The vehicle pulled into the driveway of 912 Henderson Mountain Road near State Route 108. The 37 year-old was taken into custody following the recovery of the $12,000 and the methamphetamine totaling 12 ounces. The officers located the meth inside a box of Honey Nut Cheerios cereal found inside the vehicle, as pictured above.

Also involved in the stop was Jessika Gurule, 28, of Atlanta who was not taken into custody.

The arrest was made following a series of search warrants, vehicle stops and interviews in which other arrests and charges were filed.

“We had a certain distribution ring we’ve been looking at that led to this, the largest seizure of those,”

reported Commander Brandon Owens of the DTF.

He has been charged with driving while license suspended and felony possession, manufacturing and distribution.

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