On 10/16/2014 Investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team conducted two highway safety checks with the assistance of Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies, Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol, and Statesboro Police K-9 Advanced Patrol Officer Kyle Briley and his k-9 partner “Rio” The first safety check was at US Highway 25 and US Highway 80 in the Hopeulikit community. During the first check Investigators stopped a Toyota Camry which was driven by Andre Raymond Ware (39 yoa, Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro) because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. Master Deputy Kirk McGlamery and his K-9 partner “Max” were called to the scene. M/D McGlamery conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle and “Max” gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics. When investigators searched the vehicle they located approximately 10 pounds of marijuana. Ware was placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Ware was later transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing. Also at this safety check James Williams (26 yoa, Paradise Rd, Twin City Ga) was contacted after investigators noted the smell of burnt marijuana coming from his vehicle. A search resulted in multiple pills of MDMA or Ecstacy being found in his vehicle. Williams was charged with possession of MDMA with intent to distribute. Several other arrest and citations issued for other traffic violations.
Also on 10/16/2014 Investigators conducted a highway safety check on US 301 South and I-16. During the check investigators stopped Michael Wells (22 yoa, South Main St, Statesboro) for a traffic infraction. While speaking with Wells, Investigators observed a semi automatic handgun on the passenger floor board where Stephen Northern (22 yoa, South Main St, Statesboro) was sitting. After a positive response from K-9’s for the presence of narcotics a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search investigators located a little over a pound of high grade marijuana which was vacuumed sealed in multiple bags and wrapped in dryer sheets in an attempt to fool the narcotics detection dogs. Investigators also located an additional semi automatic handgun in the vehicle. Both Michael Wells and Stephen Northern were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Both were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing. Other traffic related arrests were made along with several citations issued.