“On January 20, 2018 around 11:15 pm. one of our patrol deputies made a traffic stop on Woodbury Hwy in close proximity to the Pike County Line, Woodbury, Ga. on a Cadillac Escalade, black in color for an equipment violation. During the traffic stop the deputy detected indicators that there were narcotics located within the vehicle. Our K-9 unit responded as back-up on the traffic stop. Our K-9 “Rambo” was deployed in accordance to the traffic stop investigation procedures and gave a positive alert to the presence of drugs. The deputies recovered marijuana less than an ounce and methamphetamine regarding this traffic stop investigation. The driver also was in possession of two handguns on his person during the incident. The driver of the vehicle who was identified as James Frederick Jones, W/M, 37 years of age, of Jefferson, Ga. was charged with the offense of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. The front seat passenger of the vehicle who was identified as Zachary Nyall Altman, W/M, 26 years of age, of Manchester, Ga. was charged with the offense of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana less than an Ounce. Both Jones and Altman were transported to the Meriwether County Jail and charged as stated. Jones later bonded out of jail on bonds totaling $15,000.00. Altman is currently being held in jail on bonds totaling $6,500.00.
On January 24, 2018 our criminal investigation division worked a collaborative investigation with the Georgia State Patrol, Manchester Post regarding a stolen weapon out of Lee County, Alabama. On said date a GSP Trooper made a traffic stop on I-85, Meriwether County north of Hogansville, Ga. The traffic stop investigation resulted in the recovery of a Bushmaster AR-15 Rifle that was reported stolen out of Lee County, Alabama from a patrol deputy’s vehicle. This case investigation resulted in the arrest of Keon Young, B/M, 24 years of age of Atlanta, Ga. for the offense of (Felony) Theft by Receiving Property Stolen in Another State. Young was transported to the Meriwether County Jail and charged as stated. Young posted a $2,500.00 bond on the following date. This case is still an active investigation with additional charges pending here and in Lee County, Alabama.
On January 24, 2018 our criminal investigation division investigators were working an investigation of a suspect in the 2000 block of Chalybeate Hwy, Manchester, Ga. with possible stolen items at his residence. Our personnel conducted a lawful search of a make-shift living area on the property. During the search, our investigators located various drugs to include Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Schedule II Narcotic Pills and approximately $4,500.00 worth of stolen property. The property that was discovered turned out to be stolen from a business located in Durand, Ga. as well as a burglary from the 5000 block of Lakeshore Road, Columbus, Ga. The investigation led to the arrest of James Brandon Funderburk, W/M, 37 years of age, of Manchester, Ga. for the offenses of (Felony) Theft by Taking, (Misd.) Theft by Taking, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, less than an Ounce, V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (2 counts) , Drugs not Kept in Original Containers and Probation Violation. Amanda Lynn Brown, W/F, 20 years of age, of Manchester, Ga. has been charged with V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, less than an Ounce, V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (2 counts) and Drugs not Kept in Original Containers. Funderburk is being held in the Meriwether County Jail without bond. Brown posted bond in the amount of $18,000.00.
On January 30th, 2018 our patrol deputies arrested a wanted and reported dangerous fugitive in Manchester, Ga. Our personnel had received warrants and information that a subject identified as Hector Espada, H/M, 55 years of age, who had a listed address out of Auburn, Alabama, was possibly in our jurisdiction. We had information that Espada was wanted out of Indian City, Florida for multiple charges including Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a victim under 12 years of age. We also had information that Espada had gotten into a high speed chase with Florida Authorities and had rammed several of their patrol vehicles to prevent his capture. Espada was wanted by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County, Ga. for Fraud related charges. Our led investigator was able to track down additional information and find a possible location that this dangerous fugitive was possibly located. Due to the expediency in this matter our personnel converged on a location in the 100 block of Popular Street, Manchester, Ga. and was able to apprehend this fugitive without further incident. Espada was taken into custody and was picked up by Cobb County Sheriff’s Office to answer their charges. Extradition to the State of Florida will occur after those charges have been handled in Cobb County, Ga.
On February 3rd, 2018 around 7:47 pm. one of our K-9 units conducted a traffic stop on a silver in color Toyota Corolla on Cove Road at Hwy 85, Manchester, Ga. for several moving traffic violations. During the traffic stop investigation the K-9 deputy observed indicators of possible drugs being present. Our K-9 “Sasha” was deployed in accordance to procedure and she gave a positive alert of narcotics in the vehicle. The result of the search led to the discovery of heroin and marijuana. The driver of the vehicle who was identified as Curtis Hugh O’Neal W/M, 55 years of age of Manchester, Ga. was arrested for the offense of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic Heroin and Possession of Marijuana, less than an Ounce. O’Neal is currently being held in the Meriwether County Jail on $6,500.00 bond.
On February 5rd, 2018 around 1:03 am one of our K-9 units conducted a traffic stop on a white in color Ford F250 in the 10000 Block of Luthersville Road, Gay, Ga. for equipment violations. During the traffic stop investigation the K-9 deputy observed indicators of possible drugs being present. Our K-9 “Sasha” was deployed in accordance to procedure and she gave a positive alert of narcotics in the vehicle. The result of the search led to the discovery of Methamphetamine and digital scales. The driver of the vehicle who was identified as Trent Benjamin Fuller, W/M, 26 years of age of Newnan, Ga. was arrested for the offense of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Distribute. Fuller is currently being held in the Meriwether County Jail on $10,000.00 bond.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.
“I appreciate the work that our personnel have done regarding these case investigations. I am grateful that we were able to get this dangerous fugitive into custody without incident and out of our jurisdiction as well.” Sheriff Smith advised.