Tip Leads To ‘Bust;’ Nahuntans In Jail
A half pound of methamphetamine was seized during a recent traffic stop by Ware County deputies.
Two Nahuntans were arrested recently with the seizure of a large quantity of methamphetamine during a traffic stop, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Curtis Dewitt Wood, 53, and Tiffany Michelle Leverett, 31, both of the 400 block of Hightower Road, Nahunta, have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and Wood is additionally charged with a tag light violation, said Royal.
Both were in the Ware County jail.
“This is a significant haul for our department with the help of other law enforcement agencies,” said Royal. “We are relieved to have that off the streets.”
Royal said a citizen’s tip led to the arrests in May. He said news of the bust was not immediately released as investigators were hoping other suspects would be taken into custody based on the interrogation of Wood and Leverett.
On a recent Tuesday evening, Ware County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit detectives received a tip that a black GMC Sierra pickup truck would be carrying a significant quantity of methamphetamine and would be traveling through Ware County, said Royal.
Ware Detective Sgt. Robert Weiss requested the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol, and GSP Trooper Gentry Mattox responded to stop a vehicle for a tag light violation on Old Reynolds Street and the South Georgia Parkway, Royal said.
Once Trooper Mattox had stopped the vehicle, Weiss, K-9 Sgt. Michael Ray and Detective James Cox, who were in close proximity, responded to the scene of the traffic stop.
Ray deployed his narcotics K-9 Miko, and the dog alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics.
Weiss and Ray then conducted a thorough search of the truck. Weiss located a brown paper bag and after searching through the contents of that bag he found a food box.
Once the box was opened, Weiss discovered just under one half of a pound of finished product methamphetamine (ice) concealed within it, said Royal. The narcotics have an approximate street-level value of $20,000.
Wood, the driver of the truck, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and was cited for the original tag light violation.
His passenger, Leverett, was charged with both trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
The traffic stop and trafficking in methamphetamine arrests were not immediately released at that time due to the ongoing investigation which could have been impaired in doing so, said Royal.