On January 11 at 6:10 a.m., the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office and the Folkston Police Department served a search warrant at 558 Pinewood Street in Folkston, the home of Morris Lee Smith (aka Tanner).
When the officers entered the home through a back door, they located Smith in a back bedroom. Smith and the home were secured.
During the search of the home, officers located two bags with marijuana and marijuana seeds on a nightstand next to the bed. In a closet of the same bedroom, officers located two firearms in a blue plastic container. Both firearms were identified as short barrel .38 caliber pistols with brown handles. In the same closet, officers found a small amount of cash money in a wallet that belongs to Smith. In the living room, officers located a metal grinder inside a desk drawer with pieces of marijuana on it.
In a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe, black in color, belonging to Smith, officers found two plastic bags containing marijuana. In a 2000 grey colored Chevrolet Tahoe, officers located a .22 caliber pistol in the trunk area. Smith stated to the officers that the pistol belonged to him. The pistol was reported stolen from Ware County.
In a wood shed building in the back yard of the property, officers located more illegal drugs and a smoking device. A deer antler was being used as a smoking device and had what appeared to be marijuana in it. Two Marlboro cigarette packs, each having illegal drugs in them, were found under a shelf.
One pack also had 14 white pills identified as Lortabs in it. The other pack had two blue colored pills identified as oxycodone. Two medium-sized apple bags were also found in the same area. One bag held 15 small bags commonly used to sell illegal drugs in. A cash box containing just over $300.00 and a box of .22 caliber magnum ammunition was also located in the same location.
Smith was arrested and booked at the Charlton County holding facility on the following drug charges: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property; possession of marijuana; possession of a drug related object; and possession of a Schedule II controlled substances with the intent to distribute. Bond was later denied and Smith is being held without bond.
Drug Investigator Sgt. Sammie Hendrix contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Savannah and the federal courts have agreed to take the case for prosecution. Smith will be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Sgt. Hendrix was the lead investigator in this case. Sgt. Grover Rhoden assisted him in the investigation, as well as other county deputies and Folkston police officers, which participated in the search.