Search Leads to Drug Arrests in Jackson County

Commerce, GA (January 15, 2021) - On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Commerce Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) executed a search warrant at 41 Hillcreast Street, Commerce, Jackson County, Georgia. Approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, prescription pills, and $8,000 U.S. currency were sized at the residence. The estimated street value of the drugs was over $1,000.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Gwinnett County

Snellville, GA (January 11, 2021) – On Monday, January 11, 2021, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office was requested by the Snellville Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Macon

Macon, GA (January 10, 2021) – On Saturday, January 9, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 13 Perry Office was requested by the Georgia State Patrol to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.  

Habersham County Woman Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Habersham County, GA (January 8, 2021) – On Friday, January 8, 2021, Habersham County resident, Kristina Townsend, age 45, was charged with the Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(8) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit.

GBI Makes Several Arrests and Seizures in Drug Investigation

Carrollton, GA (January 8, 2021)  –  On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, along with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clayton County Police Department, executed a series of search warrants. The search warrants were executed at 310 Robin Hood Lane, Hampton, Georgia 30228; 75 Little John Trail, Hampton, Georgia 30228; 11550 Turner Road, Hampton, Georgia 30228; and 341 Wood Road, Apartment A, Hampton, Georgia 30228. The GBI investigation began in October 2020 and resulted in the seizure of more than 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $12,000.00, a stolen motorcycle, nine firearms, five vehicles, and approximately $41,436.70 in U.S. Currency from drug proceeds. The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton County Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Drug Task Force, Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force, and the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

GBI Makes Arrests in Jeff Davis County Homicide - UPDATE

Hazlehurst, GA (January 7, 2021) - Douglas Wooten turned himself in to authorities today in Hazlehurst. He was booked into the Jeff Davis County Jail.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Hazlehurst, GA (January 5, 2021) – On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, the GBI arrested Kegan B. Bennett, 39, of Hazlehurst, for Felony Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery; Denver L. Wooten, 18, of Hazlehurst, for Felony Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery; and Verlyttia Ivory, 32, of Hazlehurst, for Felony Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Cruelty to Children 2nd Degree. An arrest warrant has been issued for Douglas L. Wooten, 39, of Hazlehurst, for Felony Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Cruelty to Children 2nd Degree, who is currently wanted by police (photo attached). These arrests are in connection to the death of Marcos Ramirez.

GBI Investigates Kidnapping of Child in Long County

Long County, GA (January 07, 2021) – On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Long County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the kidnapping of a 7 month old infant, along with the aggravated assault of the child’s mother.  A Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert, was issued to locate the child and Leander Nathaniel Harris, age 23, of Glennville, GA.  The GBI recovered the child safely and uninjured in Statesboro, GA, with the help of the Long County Sheriff’s Office, Statesboro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sherriff’s Office, the Evans County Sheriff's Office, and the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office.

GBI Arrests Colquitt County Jailer

Colquitt County, GA (January 6, 2021) - On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Amber Richter, 25, was arrested and charged with providing prohibited items to an inmate and violation of oath of office. Richter was booked into the Colquitt County Jail.

GBI Arrests Former Credit Union Employee for Theft

Griffin, GA, (January 5, 2021) – On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, the GBI arrested Gregory Ryan Edge, 41, of Williamson, GA, for six counts of felony theft by deception.

On March 19, 2020, the GBI Region 2 Field Office was requested by the Griffin Police Department to assist in investigating suspicious activity reported on loans at The Southern Credit Union in Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia. Initial investigation identified former credit union employee, Gregory Ryan Edge, as a subject with alleged involvement of theft of approximately five customers’ funds during various loan activities.

GBI Arrests Firefighter for Theft

Hartwell, GA (January 4, 2021) – The GBI has arrested Nicholas Leard, 38, of Lavonia, Georgia on five counts of felony theft by taking.