Three Arrested in Stephens Co. Drug Bust

March 6, 2014
Sheriff Randy Shirley with items seized in Feb. 20 drug bust (Photo Courtesy: Sheriff Shirley)

Sheriff Randy Shirley with items seized in Feb. 20 drug bust (Photo Courtesy: Sheriff Shirley)

Three people face charges after law enforcement agencies in two states made what they call a major drug bust in Stephens County last month.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office and the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team joined with the Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, the Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office S.R.T. and K-9 units to serve a search warrant at the home of 35-year-old Babe Carlisle Chapman on Brookhaven Circle in Martin back on February 20.

Shirley said the search warrant came after a month-long undercover drug investigation in the area.

“As the DELTA Unit arrived, they saw a motion sensor and knew that would alert the homeowner, Mr. Chapman, about their impending arrival,” said Shirley.  “Once they got to the residence, luckily, he was on the outside and unable to get to any weapons he may or may not have used.”

Shirley said the home also had a surveillance system inside to monitor the entire property.

He said that once inside, authorities seized a lot of drugs and other items.

More seized items (Photo courtesy Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley)

More seized items (Photo courtesy Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley)

“As a result, we seized 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of almost $110,000, three pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $61,000, in excess of 50 firearms,” said Shirley.  “We also seized an undisclosed amount of currency and stolen property from Georgia and South Carolina.”

Shirley said vehicles were also seized and adds the home itself will be seized too.

The sheriff said Chapman was arrested on one count of Sale of Methamphetamine, one count of Trafficking Methamphetamine, and one count of Possession of a Schedule Two Narcotic with the Intent to Distribute.

Two other people were also arrested.

Shirley said 18-year-old Brandon John Latimer of Martin was charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule Two Narcotic with the Intent to Distribute.

Also, Shirley said 26-year-old Cortainy Denise Bearden of Martin was charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule Two Narcotic with the Intent to Distribute and one count of Trafficking Methamphetamine.

At last report, Chapman was in the Habersham County Jail, while Latimer and Bearden were in the Stephens County Jail.

Shirley said this was a major drug trafficking organization in north Georgia and South Carolina that authorities disrupted.

Guns were also seized in the home (Photo Courtesy Stephens Co. Sheriff Randy Shirley)

Guns were also seized in the home (Photo Courtesy Stephens Co. Sheriff Randy Shirley)

“I know that there have been some complaints from neighbors in the area of hearing high-powered rifles being shot,” said Shirley.  “I know the federal authorities are interested in the case because of not only the cache of weapons, but the type of weapons that were seized, as well as a silencer.”

Shirley said the investigation continues and further charges will be forthcoming.

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