The Tift County sheriff reports that one of the largest single drug seizures ever in South Georgia has resulted in one arrest, and an eleven pound haul of Methamphetamine.
Tift Sheriff Gene Scarbrough announced Tuesday that during the course of a multi-agency narcotics investigation between the Tift County Sheriff's Office, Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, 36 year old Eulalio Martinez, who he called "a major methamphetamine distributor" has been arrested. Martinez is not a United States citizen.
The investigation began when law enforcement found that large amounts of methamphetamine were being shipped into the South Georgia Area.
On May 1, 2016 drug agents were able to intercept this 11-pound shipment of methamphetamine on Highway 82 in Tift County, as it was being transported to Tift, Coffee, and surrounding counties, for sale.
Scarbrough said his deputies worked closely with Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten, Crisp County Sheriff's Office, Turner County Sheriff's Office, the GBI and the DEA, as they successfully wrapped up this phased of the case with the arrest of Martinez.
The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are likely.
On April 12, of this year, Jeff Davis County Sheriff Preston Bohannon announced that a mulch-jurisdictional investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 31 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of over a million dollars. It was the largest drug seizure in Jeff Davis County's history, and one of the largest in South Georgia history.