Date: February 17, 2012
Twelve people were arrested and a large amount of various drugs were seized last night in a drug operation conducted by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and Rincon Police Department.
Investigators received information that prescription drugs were being sold from a residence on Walnut Way in Rincon. Investigators conducted surveillance on the residence and made controlled purchases over a period of several weeks.
While conducted surveillance, investigators intercepted a large quantity of roxycodone being brought to the residence to be sold. Two suspects were arrested at that time for sale of controlled substance. Investigators then conducted a reverse sting operation in Rincon where several more suspects were arrested for various drug charges.
Willie Dempsey, 36, of Meldrim, Robert Hicks III, 26, of Rincon, Chad Crowder, 25, of Midway, Ariel Smith, 21, of Clyo, Madison Early, 20, of Springfield, Jordan Gilpin, 28, of Guyton, Keith Gilbert, 37, of Springfield, Johnny Meredith, 26, of Rincon, Twila Mordaunt – Barrett, 43, of DeLand Florida, Marlene Porter, 39, of DeLand Florida, Daniel Dickerson, 42, of DeLand Florida, and James Brown, 42, of Orange City Florida, were all arrested in the operation.
These suspects face several charges from possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine, sale of controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a crime, along with other drug charges.
Three Vehicles were seized and approximately $ 1000.00 in prescription pills was taken off of the streets.
Investigators from both the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Rincon Police Department will continue these types of operations to eradicate drugs from our community.
Additional arrests are expected as this is an ongoing operation.