Two people face drug charges after Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Toccoa residence last weekend.
This week, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said his office has arrested 18-year-old Whitleigh Sharee Swinton of Toccoa and taken warrants against 27-year-old Jamal Marcus Brown of Toccoa in connection to the incident.
Swinton is charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Felony Possession of Marijuana Over an Ounce, while Brown is charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Shirley said it all started Saturday night when deputies responded to the pair’s residence on Long Circle after 911 received a call of a fight in progress.
“She said that everybody had left, but to be on the safe hand, deputies asked her if it would be okay to enter,” said Shirley. “They wanted to make sure everything was on the up and up.”
The sheriff said Swinton then allowed deputies to enter.
“They saw a marijuana cigarette as they entered and (smelled) a strong odor of marijuana,” said Shirley.
At that point, Shirley said deputies arrested Swinton and contacted the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
The sheriff said investigators obtained a search warrant and found more drugs.
“During the execution of the search warrant, they uncovered about three ounces of marijuana and about three ounces of cocaine,” said Shirley. “They also seized about $4,500 in cash, a shotgun, and some other items.”
Shirley said those other items include six jars of moonshine and a kit containing the items needed to build a hydroponics lab to grow marijuana.
At last report, Swinton remained in the Stephens County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.
Meanwhile, Shirley said law enforcement continues to look for Brown.
He added that Brown is no stranger to law enforcement.
“He was actually out on parole for having a firearm as a convicted felon,” said Shirley. “He was sentenced to probation earlier for Distribution of Cocaine.”
Shirley said that his office has entered Brown into both the GCIC and NCIC databases as part of the search.