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CNT makes over a dozen arrests in meth bust


The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) made over a dozen meth-related arrests this week following several ongoing drug investigations in the Coastal Empire.

Those arrested range in age from 27 to 40 and come from places all over, including Savannah, Richmond Hill, Ellbaell, Rincon, Bloomingdale. CNT partnered with other agencies in Bulloch, Effingham, and the U.S. Marshall’s arranged several stings.

They also assisted with a search warrant connected to a few ongoing CNT investigations in a nearby jurisdiction, which resulted in even more arrests.

On Monday night, CNT arrested Amanda Walker, 27, of Savannah, Sarah Kment, 30, of Richmond Hill, Brandon Elrod, 28, of Ellabell, and James Tyson, 32, of Savannah, after investigators arranged for an undercover agent to meet with Walker and Kment, who were posted as escorts on Backpage.

During the meeting, all parties agreed to exchange meth and sexual favors for money. Elrod and Tyson were arrested in connection with the operation.

Later that same night, CNT arrested Jonathan Gaines, 39, of Springfield, Kyle Jenkins, 28, of Rincon, Corey Smith, 30, of Ellabell and Miranda Wilson, 28, of Eden following an operation where Gaines attempted to sell meth with the assistance of Jenkins, Wilson and Smith. Various forms of controlled substance were seized in the operation in addition to the meth.

On Wednesday, April 20, CNT arrested 40-year-old Jason Tillman and 29-year-old James Ward III, both from Bloomingdale, with the assistance of the United States Marshals. Tillman was in possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest.  Ward was arrested in Statesboro and was in possession of a firearm. During an investigation into Ward and Tillman, undercover CNT agents purchased meth from the men on several occasions.

On April 19, Ward’s Facebook page displayed a post that suggested he knew he was wanted, that he was not turning himself in and gave his opinion about the police, specifically CNT. Two stolen vehicles were recovered during CNT's investigation into Ward and Tillman, and four vehicles were seized in the above mention operations.    

On Wednesday, April 21, CNT with assistance from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) Drug Unit arrested 31-year-old Brandon Holton of Eden, who was wanted for selling meth in connection of a joint CNT/ECSO operation.

All persons arrested remain in the Chatham County Detention Center.

CNT agents say the two main problems Chatham County faces are heroin and meth. But now, crystal meth is starting to resurface and that is causing a problems in itself.

"Now you have these new set of users, or old meth users, that are coming back to use this crystal meth,” said Gene Harley, CNT. “In more cases than not, it is not that we have a lot more new people, we just have a reoccurrence of the same people that continue to use drugs.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Additional charges and arrests are expected.

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