The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office has been making a concerted effort to keep dangerous drugs off the streets of the cities and county. Over the past several months there have been a number of drug arrests made by Sheriff Dobie Conner and his deputies.

On October 12, Deputy Kevin Allday performed a traffic stop for speeding. The deputy detected the odor of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle, discovering marijuana and cocaine as well as material to package the drugs for distribution. The driver, Vinnie Bonomo, of Yulee, Florida, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

November 13, deputies executed a search warrant at the Star Motel. Upon search of the room, deputies discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The occupants, Chadwick Owens, of Hilliard, Florida and Felicia Sweat, of Nahunta, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.

November 14, Deputy Doug Popp conducted a traffic stop for an expired vehicle registration. Deputy Popp’s partner, K-9 officer Hank, alerted to the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and a crystal-like substance was discovered, which tested positive for methamphetamine, along with glass pipes and hypodermic needles. In total, more than 10 grams of methamphetamine was discovered. The occupants,  Myra Nazworth and Christopher Boatwright, both of Folkston, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

November 18, Deputy Scott Woodman responded to a call of a disabled vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, John Swinehart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, stated he was “tweeking.” Deputy Woodman called for assistance on the stop and Deputy Doug Popp and K-9 officer Hank responded. Hank made a positive alert on the vehicle and a search was conducted. Both marijuana and methamphetamine were discovered and Mr. Swinehart was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Every year the sheriff’s office conducts a license and safety check point to coincide with red ribbon week. This year the check occurred on October 31 and resulted in several drug and alcohol arrests. Four arrests were made for possession of a controlled substance, five arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession, and one DUI. In addition, several traffic arrests were made including five for suspended licenses. There was also one arrest for fugitive from justice.

The sheriff’s office places a very high priority on drug investigations. Sheriff Dobie Conner considers drugs and the crimes that often go along with them, such as thefts and burglaries, to be one of the biggest threats facing the safety of law-abiding citizens. 

“If we can keep drugs off the streets, we can keep lots of other bad things from happening and prevent people from falling into life destroying addictions,” said Sheriff Conner.

Chief Deputy Clay Burnsed added, “Our deputies will do everything they can to keep Charlton County a safe and enjoyable place to live and work. Keeping our kids away from drugs is a major part of that.”