On February 21st, 2019 Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office Crime Suppression Unit and S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N unit were attempting to execute an arrest warrant issued for Austin Strickland of Douglasville, Georgia at his residence located off Chicago Avenue. The arrest warrant they were attempting to serve was for Failure to Appear on theft charges in Douglas County. Deputies had attempted to serve this warrant prior and were unsuccessful. While at the residence, deputies located Strickland hiding in the back of the residence in a locked cabinet. Also located inside this locked cabinet with Strickland were several types of narcotics and a wide selection of firearms. Strickland was taken into custody without incident and two other people at the residence were detained.
Deputies that had executed the arrest warrant then contact agents with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division. Agents with SID responded to the scene and secured a search warrant for the residence based on what was located in the cabinet. During the search, the following items were located and seized as part of the investigation. In excess of six (6) Ounces of ICE Methamphetamine, approximately 9 MDMA or Ecstasy tablets, misdemeanor marijuana, four (4) handguns, two (2) rifles, and one modified shotgun often referred to as a “Sawed Off” shotgun that had the serial numbers removed.
At the conclusion of the search and as a result of the subsequent investigation Austin Strickland, Crystal George age 33 of Douglasville, and Jack Floyd age 23 of Morven, Georgia were arrested for numerous narcotic and weapons violations. Each person was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Multiple fire arms related offenses and other narcotics related offenses.