On 3/13/14 Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators served a search warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga, regarding sales of marijuana from that apartment. The tenant, Jeffrey Zane Strickland (19 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro Ga), was arrested and charged with three counts of Sale of Marijuana, three counts of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Marijuana and a firearm were recovered during the search.
Acting on the findings of the search warrant, investigators began arresting individuals who arrived at the apartment attempting to purchase marijuana. This reverse sting continued throughout the night, resulting in the arrest of a total of 28 defendants. Charges against these individuals included Criminal Attempt to Purchase Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce). With the assistance of BCSO Jail Division deputies, all the defendants were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing. As of this release bonds have been assigned to the defendants and several have been released.
The purpose of this operation was twofold. One was to interrupt drug sales from this location, an activity which often leads to more serious crimes such as home invasions for the purpose of stealing drugs from such locations. The other was to send a message to purchasers about the hidden dangers of participating in the drug trade. Investigators spoke with the defendants after their arrest about how drug sales impact the apartments and other areas of student housing in which they live.