Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on April 30, 2014 about 1015 hours the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Narcotics Division responded to 486 Cove Road, Woodbury, Ga. in reference to assisting the U.S. Marshals with an arrest warrant service. The U.S. Marshals having an arrest warrant for Ronald Lewis Kirkwood, B/M, 52 yrs old., of the same address.
Sheriff Smith stated that “as our units moved in to secure the perimeter of the location, Patrol Sergeant Scott Burke observed in plain view on the back porch a clear mason jar containing narcotic packaging material and suspected illegal narcotics. After Kirkwood was taken into custody at the location units detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the confines of the residence. At that time our Narcotics Unit obtained a search warrant for the location. Upon the execution of the search warrant our units located 43.8 grams of Heroin, 89.8 grams of cocaine, 125.6 grams of suspected crack cocaine still in “cookie” form, digital scales and other related drug packaging material. Kirkwood was taken into Federal Custody on a Federal Probation Violation. Kirkwood will be brought back to our agency to be charged with the drug offenses.”
“This is one of many incidents that occur where we go out to a location in regard to a warrant service or other related call for service and it turns out to be much more than was originally suspected. We have to be ever vigilant in our service to the community and every time we get the chance to remove an offender from our neighborhoods we are going to do it. I appreciate the work done by our Patrol Division, Narcotics Division and the assistance provided by the Marshals Service.” Sheriff Smith said.