Complaint Leads to Multiple Drug Arrests

On October 18, 2018 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division, Crime Suppression Unit, SCORPION Unit, K9 Units and SERT Team served a Search Warrant at a residence in Douglas County. In late September of this year, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office Special investigation Division received a complaint that Daron Stoffer was using and selling methamphetamine from his home in Douglas County. Information also stated he was providing a place where subjects could hang out, buy and use illegal narcotics. 

Agents working the investigation were familiar with Stoffer from previous investigations. Stoffer was currently out on bond in Douglas County for charges of possession of methamphetamine from a search warrant served at this same residence in March of this year. At that time, approximately 8 people were taken into custody and charged accordingly.  

During this recent warrant’s execution, multiple violators were located within the residence. Some of the subjects at the residence were Joshua Gibson, Adam Cox, Jessie Ray Wilson, Veronica Shae Bosworth, Kerry Lynn Chastain, Bridget Haley McDaniel, Robert Troy DeLong and Daron Stoffer. During the search agents located methamphetamine, prescription drugs (Alprazolam, Clonazepam) schedule IV narcotics, marijuana and drug related objects. The items located were scattered throughout the residence. The subjects were charged with the following offenses and turned over to the Douglas County Jail:     

Daron Stoffer:  Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts / Theft By taking of Lost or Mislaid Property. 

Joshua Gibson: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts. 

Adam Cox: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts. 

Jessie Ray Wilson: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts. 

Veronica Shae Bosworth: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts. 

Kerry Lynn Chastain: Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Related Objects. 

Bridget Haley McDaniel: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts. 

Robert Troy DeLong: Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute/ Possession of Drug Related Objects/ Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce / Possession of Schedule IV 2 counts. 

The owner of this residence is still being investigated with possible charges pending.  

Welcome, New Deputies

Sheriff Tim Pounds and the staff at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome new deputies Montgomery and Brown. Both recently graduated from the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy, and will start their 12-week Field Training program this week.

Trunk or Treat 2018

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the courthouse on Sunday for our 7th Annual Trunk or Treat. The weather couldn’t have been better which brought out thousands to the event. We would also like to thank the Douglasville Police Department for being such a wonderful partner in the event.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

On October 18, 2018 Dep. Barber with the Douglas county Crime Suppression Unit observed a Chevy Avalanche failing to maintain its lane, I-20 east bound just before County line Rd. Reports had been circulating that this vehicle was involved in narcotics distribution in Douglas County.  Dep. Barber attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The subject pulled into the median as if it were going to stop. The driver threw a plastic bag out the window and pulled back into traffic fleeing from Deputy Barber at a high rate of speed.  Barber pursued the subject with his emergency equipment activated. The subject exited onto Lee rd, turning right going south bound. Dep. Barber continued to pursue the Avalanche until the driver pulled over and was taken into custody.

Dep. Britt with the Douglas County FIND unit went to the location where the driver now identified as Winston McCray had thrown the bag out of his window. Dep. Britt recovered a plastic bag containing smaller multiple jeweler’s baggies. The baggies contained what appeared to be powder cocaine and crack cocaine. Agents from the Special Investigation Division responded to the scene and conducted a field test on the contents of the baggies. The test gave a positive reaction for cocaine. In total, there were 63 baggies containing cocaine; 22 of those baggies contained the base form of crack cocaine, the total weight was 19.83 grams.

McCray is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, fleeing and attempting to elude and for fail to maintain lane.

Wanted: Melvin Walton

On October 11, 2018 the Douglas County Sheriff’s office Special Investigations Division completed a two-month long investigation. Agents had information that Melvin Walton was selling prescription narcotics and cocaine. Agents were able to successfully make purchases from Walton on at least three different occasions at his residence in Douglas County.

Agents with the Special Investigations Division, Crime Suppression Unit and Scorpion Unit served a search warrant on Walton’s residence in Lithia springs. During the search warrant 3 firearms were recovered one of which was reported stolen in a Douglas Country case. The following Narcotics were located during the search:

  • Trafficking amount of cocaine
  • 22 Ecstasy tablets
  • 102 “Xanax” bars
  • 18 Oxycodone/hydrochloride pills
  • 473 ml bottle of promethazine liquid
  • 8oz bottle of promethazine/codeine liquid
  • Marijuana

Sabine Joseph was at the residence when the Search warrant was served. She was taken into custody and charged with the previous listed items.

Arrest Warrants were taken on Walton for Sales of Cocaine, Xanax and Use of Telecommunications device; Walton was also charged with the items located in the residence to include possession of fire arm by convicted felon.

Walton is wanted in connection with this investigation. Please contact Inv. Michael Wheeler with the Douglas county Sheriff’s office Fugitive division at 770-577-5102 if you have any information that will lead to the apprehension of Melvin Walton B/M,  5’11”, 206lbs.

 

Welcome, New Hires

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome Douglasville Police Department K9 Officer Dukes and our newest hire Jailer Kenerly.

National Family Violence Apprehension

Wednesday October 17, 2018 was the 16th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Solicitor’s Office participated in this event. Deputy T. Smith, Civil, Deputy I. Illidge, Transport, Deputy R. Northcuttt along with the following members of A-Shift who gave up their off day Deputy R. Aiken, Deputy McLucas. Deputy A. Kiker, Deputy A. Stone, Deputy J. French, Deputy G. Ernst. Deputy M. Mack who presently in Field Training also was a great help. Investigator S. Campbell of the Douglas County Solicitor’s jumped in at the last minute to lend a helping hand.

The detail attempted to execute (90) ninety Family Violence Arrest Warrants. Some of these warrants were several years old. They made contacts with members of the community and when they received information they did a great job following up. There will be more arrests coming from this apprehension detail in the near future.

Boundary Waters Guard Rail

Last week, one of our work crews spent some time repairing the wooden guard rail at the entrance to Boundary Waters Park.

Register Now for Operation Christmas

Sheriff Pounds encourages you to register now for Operation Christmas

Children ages birth to 16 in Douglas County may once again receive a free Christmas gift through the generosity of the folks at Operation Christmas Douglas County. To qualify, children must reside in the county and receive free or reduced price lunch. This is a community effort and is not sponsored by the school system. Make sure to like and follow The Elf Squad for more details.

To register for this opportunity:
English – https://tinyurl.com/dcssoc18
Spanish – https://tinyurl.com/dcssoc18sp

Donation boxes will soon be appearing at strategic locations around the county, including at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Suspect Wanted in Theft from T-Mobile Store

On October 10, 2018, an individual entered the T-Mobile store on Thornton Rd at two different times. When he entered the store a second time, he grabbed two iPhones from a display counter and ran out. The suspect is described as a back male, between 6’0″ and 6’4″, and believed to be in his mid to late thirties. If anyone has any information as to his identity and/or whereabouts, please contact Inv. J. Fowler at 770-920-4992 or jfowler@sheriff.douglas.ga.us. Case number R1813928.

Welcome, New Hires

Two new hires were sworn in on October 8th, 2018. Willie Clay is our newest jailer and comes to us with experience from the Marietta Youth Detention Center. Billy Wallace is already a familiar face around the office thanks to his years with the Douglasville Police Department, and he will be working in our Patrol Division.

Remembering Earl D. Lee

Friday, October 5, 2018, “Earl’s girls”- Lynn, Susan and Cathy, along with several other family members (including his great-grandson Collin) commemorated their father, Douglas County legend, Earl D. Lee. The event was to celebrate his life on the 20th anniversary of his passing at a gathering at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

They shared a slide show, memorabilia that included photo albums, diaries, election paraphernalia and refreshments with a group that gathered to tell stories about the late iconic sheriff’s exploits. Sheriff Tim Pounds told many stories of his memories of Earl D. Lee, whom he grew to reverence as a father figure. At least 20 other members of the audience shared their personal memories. Each told a different story that held the audience captive. Sheriff Lee was memorialized as fair, honest, one-of-a-kind, fearless, and dedicated.

Sheriff Pounds noted that there are many days where he seeks guidance, and pulls from the wisdom Lee shared with him and he asks himself, “What would Earl do?” When he does this, he says it seems that he always gets the answer he needs to the issue.

With all the great memories shared, Elgin Bell, former Atlanta police chief and Clayton County Commission Chair, encouraged Lee’s daughters and the audience to, “Remember all the things you know about Earl D. Lee and nobody dies.”

Earl D. Lee’s legacy remains in the hearts and memories of Douglas County residents and with law enforcement throughout the state of Georgia. He was responsible for assisting with solving most of the crimes in Georgia in the 1970’s with his investigative techniques, broke up the Dixie Mafia, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is housed on a boulevard bearing his name. Earl D. Lee is a Douglas County icon and legend.

Inmate Trash Detail Pickup Stats: September, 2018

Roads cleaned : 267
Tires collected : 62
Bags collected : 1,379
Mattress collected : 10
Total weight of trash collected : 23,100 Lbs.
County Offices cleaned : 25
County properties mowed :47
Cemeteries cleaned: 7

We’re Hiring

$7500 hiring incentive bonus for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $7,500 hiring incentive bonus for experienced patrol officers who apply between now and the end of the year. Terms and conditions apply and applicants will be required to sign a written agreement as a condition of participation. Click HERE to view details.

New Hires: 09-24-2018

Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome two new hires: Jailer A. Joseph and Deputy R. McCusker. Jailer Joseph is a recent graduate of Alexander High School and is hoping to follow in his family’s footsteps. Deputy McCusker comes to us from serving the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. We wish them both long, safe, and healthy careers.