Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
October 23, 2007
Americus- The streets and neighborhoods in Sumter County are safer tonight. Nearly 40 known drug dealers were arrested Tuesday. Americus Police Chief James Green says some dealers were bold, approaching citizens on city streets.
Before the sun was up Tuesday more than 60 law enforcement officers were on the streets in Sumter County making arrests like this one, targeting known drug dealers.
"Half of my problems are caused by either the sale of drugs, people that are on drugs, they're stealing stuff to get money to purchase drugs," said Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.
That's why in February, Sheriff Pete Smith got the Georgia Bureau of Investigations involved. For several months undercover officers bought marijuana and crack cocaine in Sumter County's neighborhoods.
"Strictly come in and start mingling with the people and get to know the people to the extent where they're able to make hand to hand purchases of the illegal drugs from them," said GBI Special Agent in Charge Danny Jackson.
Tuesday 44 were targeted with warrants. By mid afternoon, 37 were jailed, among that number three women and a 17-year-old student arrested before class at the high school.
"Every bit that we get, whether it be the smallest amount or the largest amount is important because the person that's selling that drugs is taking that money to do something else with, to buy more drugs with," said Jackson.
While who's supplying street dealers in Sumter County isn't known, investigators say they have a good idea where it's coming from.
"The majority of your drugs came out of south Florida, but that trend has seemed to turn a little bit and a lot of it is coming out of Atlanta," said Smith.
The hope is information from Tuesday's arrests could be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration to keep following the trail and stop more drugs from making their way to Sumter County neighborhoods.
Agents bought as much as $15,000 of crack cocaine and marijuana.