Officials make drug bust after months-long investigation over three counties

Officials make drug bust after months-long investigation over three counties

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - More than a pound of methamphetamine, $1,000, and guns were seized, while three people were taken into custody Tuesday after a months-long investigation that spread across three local counties.

The names of the two men and one woman arrested Tuesday night for drug trafficking can't be released yet. But the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team did make another arrest early Wednesday morning in connection with the investigation.

Jason Smith, 42, of Fleming, GA was arrested Wednesday at a hotel in Port Wentworth.

The arrests made in Effingham County Tuesday night also yielded 1.3 pounds of meth. A street value of around $100,000.

CNT told WTOC the people arrested Tuesday were convicted felons, making the possession of firearms that were found illegal.

"This is a case where the three separate agencies; Effingham County Sheriff, Bulloch County Sheriff and CNT collectively worked together, but all of our information on the table, and trusted everyone involved. And in doing so we were able to take all the various pieces of the puzzle that were scattered throughout the three different jurisdictions, and make the whole big picture. And without that we would not have been in the position to make the move that we collectively did last night. And the result speaks for itself," said Gene Harley, CNT.

Harley added that near one and a half pounds of meth found yesterday could easily be made into two pounds when dealers and distributors cut that substance with others.

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