More Information on Drug Bust Last Week

March 11, 2013

More information is available regarding a drug bust in Habersham County last week that led to the arrest of two men, including one from Toccoa.

Last week, authorities served a search warrant in Clarkesville that led to the arrest of 33-year-old Mikal Andrus Russell of Toccoa and 38-year-old Ethridge Sovato Russell of Clarkesville.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that the investigation that has led to these arrests started in Stephens County.

“Several months ago, the NCIS team developed some information on a residence in the Foxdale neighborhood,” said Shirley. “As a result of that, there was a covert drug investigation that began and a number of search warrants were issued that allowed the NCIS team to do mobile surveillance of a vehicle.”

That eventually led to last Wednesday’s search warrant, which was served by special agents of the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team and deputies from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office. Shirley says that the investigation also included his office, the Toccoa Police Department, and the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.

Shirley says that the search warrant resulted in the seizure of approximately 22 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $99,000 and an undetermined amount of cash.

Both men were charged with one count of Trafficking Marijuana, one count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, and one count of Transaction of Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of government housing. At last report, both men remained in the Habersham County Jail.

Shirley said this was great work by all of the agencies involved.

“They were selling large quantities (of marijuana) through individuals in both counties so we are very happy about these arrests,” said Shirley.

Shirley emphasizes that the investigation is ongoing.

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