On 4/3/15 at 0100 hrs investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to the 1500 block of Fair Rd to assist the Statesboro Police Department in locating a suspicious person in the area. Investigators located Andrew Hughes (28 yoa, Hwy 121, Millen Ga) who provided conflicting stories as to why he was in the area attempting to flag down traffic. A consent search of Hughes’s vehicle revealed prescriptions pills not in their original container and a handgun. Hughes was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Original Container Required, Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, and Driving while License Suspended/Revoked. Hughes was denied bond and remains in Jail pending further judicial action.
On 4/2/15 at 2030 hrs Deputy 1st Class Randall Norman made a traffic stop on a vehicle on US 301 S for an equipment violation. DFC Norman contacted the driver, Joseph Mathis (22 yoa, Jackson Rd, Statesboro), and passenger, Link Ridgeway (43 yoa, Abercorn Ave, Atlanta Ga), and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A K9 also alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed six separate types of illegal drugs. Both Mathis and Ridgeway were transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with Defective Headlight, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (Marijuana “wax”), Possession of Psilocybin (mushrooms), and Possession of MDMA. Both were denied bond and remain in the Jail pending further judicial action.
In the days prior to 4/8/15, CST investigators were conducting an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine from an apartment at The Garden District in the 17000 block of SR 67, Statesboro. Investigators conducting surveillance on the location observed a male and female exit the target apartment and leave in a vehicle. Investigators, along with patrol units from the Statesboro Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Stambuk Lane at which point the male fled on foot. Investigators attempted to stop the foot pursuit using a Taser however the male, later identified as Ricky Lee Lively Jr (27 yoa, Colfax Rd West, Statesboro), turned and began to fight one of the investigators by striking him, knocking the Taser from the Investigator’s grasp in the process. Lively was finally subdued as other investigators arrived. A search of his person revealed several types of controlled substances. The female passenger, Sydney Strickland (22 yoa, Isaac Rd, Claxton Ga), was found to be in possession of a significant quantity of crystal methamphetamine and also arrested. After the traffic stop, investigators returned to the target apartment and took two other persons into custody: Jerry Bentzel (23 yoa, Cedar Ave, Hagan Ga) and Candice Bivens (29 yoa, Garden District Apts, Statesboro). All subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail on the following charges:
• Lively: Felony Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2 cts of Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession/Use of Drug Related Object, Attempting to Remove an Officer’s Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Law Enforcement (misd), and Probation Violation
• Strickland: Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Tampering with Evidence, Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, Obstruction of Law Enforcement (misd)
• Bentzel: Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of Communications Facilities
• Bivens: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Sale of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance, Sale of Methamphetamine, Original Container Required, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object
Lively and Strickland were denied bond. Bentzel and Bivens were granted $10,000 bonds.