On 1/16/14 deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Targeted Enforcement Patrol (S.T.E.P.) unit stopped a vehicle on North College St in Statesboro for an equipment violation. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Ricky Joe Harden (43 yoa, Lindsey Ct Statesboro Ga), abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. After a short foot chase, deputies arrested Harden. A search along Harden’s route of flight by Master Deputy Kirk McGlamery and his K-9 partner Max located a jacket dropped by Harden which contained cocaine. Harden was booked into the Bulloch County Jail and charged with Driving while License Suspended, Obstruction, and Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute. Harden has no bond set at this time.
STEP was formed in May 2013 to target high crime areas and crime trends of concern. To date STEP deputies have arrested nearly 500 suspects on multiple charges.