The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office made several arrests over the past weeks.  

On November 12, Sgt. Nicholas McDowell made contact with a disabled vehicle on highway 121.  Sgt. McDowell requested assistance from Deputy Jeffery Floyd and K-9 Whiskey. Sgt. McDowell made contact with the passengers, Madison Stephenson and David Day, of Valdosta, while Deputy Floyd and Whiskey conducted a free-air sniff of the vehicle. K-9 Whiskey made a positive alert on the vehicle and a search was carried out. During the search, deputies located a rolled marijuana cigarette and a glass smoking pipe containing methamphetamine residue. Both passengers were transported to the jail and booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

November 26, Investigator Sammie Hendrix conducted a routine residence verification on a sex offender identified as Thomas Clayton Bell. Upon arrival at the registered address at the Star Motel, Investigator Hendrix was unable to make contact with the subject. After making contact with the property manager, Investigator Hendrix was informed that Bell had checked out of the hotel a week prior, placing him in violation of registration requirements. On the same day, Bell arrived at the Sheriff’s Office to report an address change. Because he had previously been found to be in violation of requirements, Bell was taken into custody and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. As there was an ongoing drug investigation on Bell, a free-air search was conducted on his vehicle by Deputy Floyd and K-9 Whiskey. A search was conducted after a positive alert and a white powder was discovered which field tested positive for heroin. A warrant was taken on Mr. Bell for possession of a controlled substance.

December 15, Deputy Floyd and Sgt. McDowell were out with a suspected shoplifter at Circle K on Martin Street. The subject, Robert Beck, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, volunteered that he had “a little marijuana” when asked if the deputies could search him. A search revealed marijuana, three glass pipes, and two small baggies with a crystal-like substance. Mr. Beck stated that the crystal substance was meth. Beck was transported to the jail and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items, and possession of a controlled substance.

December 29, Deputy Floyd spotted what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on highway 121. Deputy Floyd made contact with the driver, Samuel Pamies, of Brooksville, Florida, who stated he had stopped to make a phone call and was going to meet someone in Macclenny. Deputy Floyd asked dispatch to run Mr. Pamies through GCIC and conducted a free-air sniff while he waited for the response. K-9 Whiskey gave a positive alert on the vehicle. Pamies was asked to exit the vehicle and Deputies Floyd and Daniel Crosby conducted a search. The search revealed a baggy of a crystal like substance, a glass pipe, and a straw containing residue. Mr. Pamies was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a drug related object. The GCIC search revealed that the subject was wanted out of Tennessee for assault.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their continued support this year and for the new year ahead. Thank you for making our Shop With A Cop program a success again, this Christmas. Thank you for the kindness you have shown our deputies and staff. Most of all, thank you for the opportunity and privilege of serving you and our community. May you all have a blessed year.