Brantley deputies seize 66 marijuana plants

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Brantley County sheriff Jack Whisenant shows the size of the plants seized last week.

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office has seized 66 marijuana plants near the intersection of Mattie Shuman Road and Lee Road.

The department was contacted on Aug. 5 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers after they found  marijuana plants growing in planted pines and when drug investigators arrived at the scene 66 marijuana plants had been located by DNR at that location.

Because the plants being grown in a remote area, no suspect has been identified in the incident and the sheriff’s office will request a destruction order from Superior Court for the plants

In other action:

Christopher Johnson (51) was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended/Failure to keep in Proper Lane.  Deputies were called to a driver that was believed to have been drinking.  When deputies got behind the vehicle they observed the driver cross over the fog line several times.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop and asked if Johnson had been drinking.  Johnson was having problems with his blood sugar and tested negative on the alcohol test.  A check on Johnson’s license showed suspended.  Johnson was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

Deputies responded to the 100 block of Driftway in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that someone had stolen some prescription medication.  

Gabriel Mayorga (26) was arrested and charged with Following too Close/Driving without a Valid License.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop and it was discovered that Mayorga did not have a driver license. 

Kevin Burns (31) was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana less than Ounce/Possession and use of Drug Related Objects/Drugs not in Original Container.  Deputies went to Plum St to serve a Probation Warrant on Burns.  A search of Burns incident to arrest led to the discovery of scales and marijuana among some other items.  Burns was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

Amy Brannen (26) was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana less than Ounce/No Insurance.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop on Brannen’s vehicle after they observed weaving over the center line.  Deputies asked if they could search the vehicle which Brannen consented to.  A small bag of suspected marijuana was found.

Deputies responded to Sawmill Rd in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that a pot belly cast iron stove some angle iron and a water pump were missing from their residence.

Deputies responded to the 1800 block of Riverside Rd in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that their checkbook was missing.

Deputies spoke with the complainant at the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office in reference to Theft by Deception.  The complainant stated that they were contacted by Facebook that they had won some money and they needed to send $250 for taxes to receive the money.  After sending the $250 the complainant was contacted again to send more money and realized they had been scammed. 

Deputies were contacted by the complainant in reference to Identity Fraud.  Apparently an unknown subject used the complainant’s information in 2008 to obtain a job and now the IRS has filed delinquent tax liens on the complainant’s paychecks.

Deputies responded to George Ave in reference to Burglary at the hunting club.  Complainant stated that someone had pried the locks off of three structures in order to gain access.  Tools and a lawnmower were taken.

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Crosby Lane in reference to Entering Auto/Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that several parts were taken from a vehicle that they had been restoring.

Kevin Hardwick (47) was issued a citation for Driving While License Suspended/No Insurance.  Shelly Woods (41) was issued a citation for Possession and use of Drug Related Objects.  Deputies got out with the suspects and discovered the driver (Hardwick) had suspended license.  A used syringe was found near the feet of Woods.  

Deputies responded to the 500 block of Auction Rd in reference to Burglary/Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that someone stole a pressure washer, wire welder and air compressor from their property.  

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