CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Orange Crush 2018 wrapped up with numbers of arrests and citations. Sheriff John T. Wilcher also explained how his deputies arrested five convicted felons.
Sheriff Wilcher says it took a lot of strategic planning to successfully carry out protection out on Tybee Island. While some of the people who attended Orange Crush faced minor charges, five of them are facing serious charges after being caught with weapons, drugs, and large amounts of cash.
Wilcher commended his deputies and other law enforcement who helped out for the hard work that was put in with helping the Tybee Police Department for Orange Crush weekend.
"I think it was excellent police work to get that many guns off the street and that much dope off the street," Wilcher said.
Even though arrests were down compared to previous years, Tybee Police and other law enforcement who assisted made 36 arrests and gave out 104 citations.
Sheriff Wilcher says their arrests of convicted felons came from traffic stops.
"One of their tail lights were out or something. During the stop, the deputy and the K9 has a sense of odor from the car and they found two ounces of marijuana and over an ounce of MDMA, which is a molly."
The K-9 team also found guns, two of which were stolen, and $4,000 in cash.
The sheriff says compared to previous years, he thinks the people who attended Orange Crush mostly controlled their actions and stayed out of trouble.
He says he thinks the alcohol ban probably helped out with not having so many incidents this year as well.