Dozen Arrested in Effingham County Drug Operaton

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.

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The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, works toward creating a high quality of life in the community by actively working with citizens to reduce crime and the fear of crime and to protect the lives and property of citizens from criminal act or traffic mishap. In order to accomplish our mission, we will concentrate our efforts on cooperative proactive crime prevention measures, engage in visible and directed patrol to deter crime and traffic problems; to utilize human initiative, systematic and thorough techniques and available technology to identify, apprehend and bring to justice criminal offenders; to recover and return stolen property to victims as quickly as possible, to move traffic as safely and expeditiously as possible, generally provide assistance to citizens in urgent situations, and to provide the highest level of public service directed toward community problem solving. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the constitutional rights of all persons. It is not the role of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office to legislate, render legal judgments, or punish. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office serves the people of the County by providing law enforcement service in a professional and courteous manner and it is to these people that the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is ultimately responsible.
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One Response to Dozen Arrested in Effingham County Drug Operaton

  1. C.Davis says:

    Good Job Sheriffs Dept.,

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