First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia James D. Durham said Friday afternoon he is not at liberty to discuss the details regarding a federal criminal investigation of a downtown blackshear convenience store, the G&S Food Mart.
A press release issued Thursday by Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright and Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett indicated that three search warrants were executed in Blackshear Wednesday, at least one of them at the store.
The local lawmen were joined in the case by “numerous federal law enforcement agencies,” according to the document.
Beyond that, Wright and Bennett have declined to comment at all and referred inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Savannah.
“We are not going to talk about it either,” Durham said Friday afternoon by phone from the office. “If anything happens we will let you know. But at this point, I cannot say anything.”
Durham is one of several prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Savannah.
Rumors about the case are widespread throughout the community. Folks in the area who saw the store surrounded by police tape and observed officials walking in and out of the store Wednesday will have to speculate for the present as nothing official has been released.
Durham declined to say if anyone was arrested or what items if any may have been seized by the lawmen who participated in the event.
The store is located at the intersection of Ware Street and U.S. Highway 84 in downtown Blackshear. It was open for business again on Thursday.