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Drug bust nets more than 30 arrests

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than 30 people accused of buying and selling drugs throughout Chatham County were arrested July 7 on state and federal drug trafficking charges.

The Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement agencies have been working together since last December on this investigation.

Authorities seized $300,000 worth of marijuana, several weapons and vehicles.

CNT Commander Roy Harris said the case proves that different agencies that work together can to clean up the streets.

"None of us have enough personnel to do what was done here alone, so we go together as a team," he said.

Harris said some of the weapons seized might be linked to violent crimes.

"We will retrace these weapons to see where they came from and, of course, the lab can do ballistic tests on them and we are working with metro and other agencies but the majority occurred in metro's territory. So we are working with them to see if they were used in crimes," he said.

Harris said the bust is a fraction of the amount of drugs coming into Savannah, Ga., every few weeks. The amount of arrests in the case could put a dent in area drug trafficking.

"When we go and get the mover and shakers to get this much in here, then we are cutting the level of street-level people. We are straining them, and Chief Lovett and I both know this could increase violence on the streets as the product is not available, there's more competition of who gets what and who gets who," Harris said.

Frank Barker, CEO of the Recovery Place, has been helping drug addicts get off the streets for 27 years.

Barker said this bust could have an impact on the number of addicts who come in for help.

"That does help [be]cause when they run out, sometimes they come into treatment because they start getting sick and they can't get their drugs," Barker said. "It does help. So we might some people from this."

Harris said there could be more arrests in the future.

State arrests:

  • Craig Anderson
  • Tom Bosela
  • Anthony Collins
  • Joel Davilla
  • Kevin Dempsey
  • Stephen Duggar
  • Warren Heller Sr.
  • Warren Heller Jr.
  • James Hodegs
  • Kyle Hutchinson
  • Lucas Martinez
  • Cheryl Murray
  • Tony Schaff
  • Jordan Shiver
  • Keith Smith
  • Kevin Sorrells
  • Gary Welch
  • Eric G. White Jr.

Federal arrests:

  • Morris Alvin Gweh, 46, Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Larry Green, 36, Atlanta
  • Josh Varner, 31, Savannah, Ga.
  • Hezekiah Murdock, 30, Savannah, Ga.
  • Al Welch, 32, Savannah, Ga.
  • Veronica Amabile, 19, Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Jason Glover, 31, Ellabell, Ga.
  • Derek Golden, 30, Atlanta
  • Rashon Green, 29, Savannah, Ga.
  • Brian Hall, 29, Savannah, Ga.
  • Johnny Hands, 29, Savannah, Ga.
  • Jeremy Harris, 29, Savannah, Ga.
  • Derrick johnson, 31, Savannah, Ga.
  • Andre Jermaine Mincey, 36, Savannah, Ga.
  • Miguel Narvaez, 45, Savannah, Ga.
  • Michael Quarterman, 33, Savannah, Ga.
  • Vincent Robinson, 29, Savannah, Ga.
  • Deauntry Smalls, 31, (no address),
  • Matthew Strickland, 27, Savannah, Ga.
  • Jermaine Tandy, 28, Savannah, Ga.
  • Clifford Washington, 30, Savannah, Ga.
  • Kyle Hutchinson, 25, Savannah, Ga.
  • Levon Allen, 31, Savannah, Ga.
  • Lawson Anderson, 24, Savannah, Ga.
  • Terry Damon, 27, Savannah, Ga.
  • Steven Dent, 43, Savannah, Ga.
  • Carlos Ervin, 31, Savannah, Ga.
  • Jason Harrison, 36, Hinesville, Ga,
  • Amber Haupt,22, Savannah, Ga.
  • Kasey Hutchinson, 23, Savannah, Ga.
  • Alphonso Oliver, 27, Savannah, Ga.
  • Stacey Maurice Powell, 37, Hardeeville, S.C.

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