On May 13, Deputy Doug Popp was patrolling Third Street when he noticed a white Chevrolet car weaving across the centerline. Deputy Popp conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, David Reynolds, Deputy Popp detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputy Popp contacted Drug Investigator Sgt. Sammie Hendrix to assist. Deputy Wyatt Garvin also assisted. A search of the vehicle resulted in officer’s finding marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Reynolds and passenger, Gabrielle Purvis, were arrested and transported to the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office and released to the jail. During search of Purvis, a correction officer located a plastic baggy containing marijuana on her person. Both were charged with the following charges: possession of marijuana less than ounce; possession of methamphetamines; possession of Cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of drug related objects; and Purvis was also charged with crossing county guard lines with narcotics.

On May 15, Deputy Doug Popp was patrolling Highway U.S. 1 when he noticed a silver GMC SUV weave across the white line. Deputy Popp conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Deputy Popp made contact with the driver, Justin Morningstar, and explained the reason he pulled him over. While waiting on driver’s license information, Deputy Popp conducted a free air sniff with his K9 Hank and Hank gave a positive alert for narcotics. Deputy Popp searched the vehicle and located a plastic straw containing a white substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Also located was a .38 caliber revolver in the console. Morningstar was 

arrested and charged with the following charges: possession of a controlled substance; possession of firearm during the commission of a crime; and failure to maintain lane. 

On May 21, Deputy Doug Popp was patrolling in the area of Hwy. U.S. 1 and Indian Trail when he observed a dark green Saturn car turn into a closed business. Deputy Popp noticed the tag was from Kansas on the vehicle and thought they may be a lost tourist. Deputy Popp made contact with the driver Brittany Trowell. Deputy Popp asked Trowell was she lost or need help, she stated no. He asked her was she travelling? Trowell stated no she had been here for a court date. Deputy Popp checked her license through NCIC/GCIC. While waiting on the information to come back, Deputy Popp conducted a free air sniff with his K9 Hank of the vehicle. Hank gave a positive alert for narcotics. Deputy Popp searched the vehicle and located several vape pens containing THC oil. THC oil is the oil from marijuana and it is illegal to possess it. It is also a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor with people normally being charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce. Trowell was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

On May 29, the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office and State Probation conducted a probationer search on Brandon Lee Carter. During the search officer’s located methamphetamines, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Carter was arrested and charged with the following charges: possession of methamphetamines; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug related objects.

Also on May 29, the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office and State Probation conducted a probationer search on Brandon Cowart at his residence on Wilson/Mcinvale Road. Also present in the home was Cynthia Craigmiles. During the search officer’s located a large amount of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia inside the residence. Officers also stated they had a special needs child on the couch where some of the drugs were located. Both were arrested and charged with the following charges: possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute; possession of drug related objects;and reckless conduct.

Sheriff Dobie Conner also stated that his Office will be conducting its yearly Junior Sheriff’s Academy this week at Charlton County High School. Sheriff Conner wanted citizens in the area to be aware because they will be having helicopters and alot of Police Equipment throughout the week and did not want citizens concerned something was going on.