GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Five people are sitting in the Chatham County Detention Center after the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team executed a search warrant in Garden City on Thursday, May 10.
Officials say 44-year-old Norman "Mann" Brown and 65-year-old Gary Raines of Garden City are being charged with multiple felony drug charges. Additionally, Timothy Lanigan, 35, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Rachelle Parrish, 35, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and Michael Williams, Jr. was arrested for warrant service.
The Garden City Police Department and the Chatham County Sheriff's Office K9 assisted the CNT in carrying out the warrant at 1602 Dean Forest Road. Officials encountered 17 people upon arrival-all were detained without incident. A search of the residence revealed multiple forms of controlled substances including multiple ounces of methamphetamine, along with items typically used for distribution of drugs.
"The execution phase of the search warrant itself and everything around, simply in one word is chaos," said Gene Harley, Assistant Deputy Director of the Chatham Narcotics Team.
Evidence suggests that most of the people detained were suspected users. One vehicle, one firearm, and more than $22,000 in U.S. currency were confiscated.
CNT's investigation into the activities taking place in the Garden City residence began in April after a tip into the drug sales and use in the building was made known to officials. Surveillance operations revealed a large amount of vehicle and foot traffic at the residence. CNT also made several successful drug purchases at the house.
"CNT likes to come in and try and take the entire group, rather than simply bits and pieces of the organization. I would warn those users and dealers that there's a pretty good chance CNT is standing right there next to you, watching you, without you even being aware," said Harley.
As the narcotics team shut down this drug drive-thru, they watched parents of kids playing nearby rest a little easier.
Harley said, "You could almost see the immediate relief of some of the nearby neighbors who kind of secretly will give you the thumbs up or maybe just walk by and say thank you."
"Operations like these are crucial to making our neighborhoods safer," said CNT Director Everett Ragan. "By investigating this residence, CNT arrested several dealers and eliminated a distribution hub for a large number of users. The results immediately benefit the Nassau Woods neighborhood and our entire community."