Four people face charges after local law enforcement served search warrants at two Toccoa locations recently.
Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said a month-long investigation by police and the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team into drug activity led to search warrants being served last week at a home on Elberton Street and at the Forest Avenue Apartments.
“After performing undercover drug operations at both locations, along with other intelligence that we were able to gain, officers and agents with the N.C.I.S. team were able to obtain search warrants for two locations,” said Jarrell. “The search warrants were executed in the early evening hours of May 29. As a result, four individuals were arrested for drug charges.”
Jarrell said 30-year-old Jeffrey Smith and 28-year-old James Mackey, both of Toccoa, were arrested at the Elberton Street location.
Both were charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana With the Intent to Distribute, while Mackey was also charged with one count of Distribution of Marijuana.
Jarrell said police found 1.2 pounds of marijuana, having a street value of $3,200, and money at the Elberton Street address.
Meanwhile, Jarrell said 33-year-old Michael McIntyre and 18-year-old Kayla Sangster, both of Toccoa, were arrested at the Forest Avenue location.
Both were charged with one count each of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule III Narcotic, and Possession of Marijuana Less Than One Ounce. McIntyre was also charged with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine.
Jarrell said the Forest Avenue search warrant resulted in the seizure of money, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills.
The chief said these arrests are the result of a team effort between both law enforcement and the community.
“I am very proud of the men and women who work at the Toccoa Police Department, along with the men and women of the N.C.I.S. team,” said Jarrell. “This is another example, proving what can be accomplished when citizens partner with the police department to rid their communities of drugs and drug-related problems. We are also extremely proud of the assistance our citizens provide us in helping rid their communities of this criminal activity.”
Jarrell said he encourages city residents that have concerns about drug or other suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to contact police and allow them to investigate.