Traffic stops lead to several drug arrests


On 2/28/14 investigators assigned to the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team were conducting surveillance on suspects associated with a long term heroin and cocaine sales operation.  Four individuals were observed meeting and leaving the meeting spot driving separate vehicles.  Investigators developed probable cause to stop both vehicles on Gentilly Rd.  The occupants of a black Mercedes, Emily Rushing (26 yoa, Nature’s Way Statesboro Ga) and Tambi Rich (35 yoa, Wren Lane Statesboro Ga), and the occupant of Rushing’s Dodge Charger (Johnny Lee Branch Jr, 33 yoa Park Place Apts Statesboro Ga) were arrested after a K-9 alert led to the discovery of crack cocaine.  Rushing’s Dodge Charger was discovered to have been stolen from Atlanta Ga as well.

Following up on these arrests, search warrants were conducted at Rushing’s residence on Nature’s Way, leading to the discovery of heroin and multiple syringes, and at an associate of Rushing’s living in Stadium Walk Apts on Lanier Drive.  At Stadium Walk Apts, CST investigators discovered a quantity of heroin and arrested Michael Rice (25 yoa, Stadium Walk Apts Statesboro Ga).  Rice was also charged with previous sales of heroin and cocaine observed by CST members.

These arrests demonstrate the interconnected nature of drug sales in Bulloch County and the number of neighborhoods and apartment complexes affected.  Arrest data follows:

Emily Frances Rushing:  1 ct Trafficking Heroin, 1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Theft by Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle

Michael Rice:  1 ct Trafficking Heroin, 1 ct Sale of Heroin, 1 ct Sale of Cocaine

Tambi Rich:  1 ct Possession of Cocaine

Johnny Lee Branch Jr:  No Drivers License, 1 ct Possession of Cocaine