2005-07-20 / Front Page

Three arrested in drug raid

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News Editor

Three arrested
in drug raid
By Deborah Bennett
Millen News Editor


Agents of the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, Millen Police Department and Jenkins County Sheriff's Department arrested three local citizens on drug charges during a raid Friday, July 15, in the area of Washington Street and West Winthrope Avenue. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett)Agents of the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, Millen Police Department and Jenkins County Sheriff's Department arrested three local citizens on drug charges during a raid Friday, July 15, in the area of Washington Street and West Winthrope Avenue. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett)

Agents of the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force (ECGDTF), Millen Police Department and Jenkins County Sheriff’s Department executed four search warrants Friday, July 15, in the area of Washington Street and West Winthrope Avenue that resulted in the arrests of three local citizens on drug charges.

Those charged were: Walter Mitchell, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Charles Haggins, trafficking in cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; and Rachael Evans, trafficking in cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Additional arrests are pending.

"We pretty much just took control of the whole block," said Alan Watson of the ECGDTF, who noted that the raid involved the search of three residences and a business formerly known as Millen Seafood Shack.

The arrests came as the result of a lengthy investigation initiated by the complaints of local citizens to the Millen Police Department and Jenkins County Sheriff’s Department.

"Chief Simmons and Sheriff Fields have long been concerned about this. The public complaints do not go unheard," said Watson. "We’re very appreciative of the citizens’ concerns. It just takes time to do it right."

"We can’t do it without the people," he added.

Other assisting agencies were the Georgia State Patrol, G.B.I. Regional Drug Enforcement Office of Savannah, Tri-Circuit Drug Task Force and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.


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