Several knives along with meth and drug paraphernalia were seized and the arrests of six people were effected over the last few days during a surveillance operation.
A surveillance detail at a house on Jessie Street in recent days resulted in the arrests of six people on meth possession charges on different days at different locations, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Surveillance was set up at a house in the 300 block of Jessie Street beginning Wednesday at 8:57 p.m. People visiting the house was a common denominator in each of the arrests.
Lawmen observed a black 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe with blue lights in the grill — a violation of Georgia law — leave the house at 9:47 p.m., Royal said, and they made contact with the driver and his two passengers after the Tahoe pulled into a convenience store parking lot on Albany Avenue. They found them to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine, said Royal.
John Truman Foshee III, 34, of Douglas, Christy Renea Greenwood, 38, of Reidsville, and Dusty Micah Hayes Bentley, 27, of Reidsville, were taken into custody and booked into the Ware County jail.
Royal said Foshee is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, criminal attempt to impersonate an officer and possession of restricted blue lights mounted in the grill of his vehicle that were operational.
Greenwood is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, Royal said.
Bentley is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
Inside the vehicle, Royal said methamphetamine in portions of 21.5 grams, 2.2 grams and 51 grams were located, along with knives and other paraphernalia.
All three remain in the Ware County jail.
In connection with the surveillance set up on the Jessie Street house, lawmen Friday at 8:37 p.m. arrested Jake Anthony Lankford, 46, of the 800 block of Augusta Avenue, and Sean Merkle, 41, of the 1800 block of Pine Street.
The two were riding in a 1998 Ford truck that had just left the Jessie Street house subsequent to being pulled over by lawmen, he said. Royal said they were both found to possess methamphetamine, and a digital scale was found in the tool box on the back of their truck. Both were being held in the Ware County jail on possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
Several minutes earlier, at 7:56 p.m. Friday, lawmen had stopped another vehicle that had just left the Jessie Street house and arrested Maria Katie Lee, 48, of Albany Avenue.
Royal said Lee is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Lawmen saw that she had something in her mouth and ordered her to spit it out. Royal said it turned out to be a bag filled with methamphetamine.
“These arrests were all a result of an undercover surveillance operation that took place over several days,” said Royal.
Sgt. Robert Weiss, Detective Tron Lewis, Sgt. Michael Ray, Sgt. Stanley Paul, Sgt. James Cox and Deputy Matthew Johnson all participated in the surveillance and arrests.