The Ware County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit made multiple arrests Wednesday as a result of several weeks of surveillance of various locations in reference to suspected illegal sales of narcotics, said Sheriff Randy Royal.
At 9:33 p.m. Wednesday, Elmer David Harrington, 40, of 2220 Park Ave., exited a motel room in the 2000 block of Memorial Drive that was under surveillance by drug unit and state probation officers and was arrested on an active probation warrant, Royal said.
Officers searched him and found Harrington to be in possession of 26 plastic sandwich bags containing what field tested to be methamphetamine, four larger size bags, also containing meth and two glass smoking devices, Royal said. He was also charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of meth and possession of drug related objects.
The officers then entered the motel room and arrested four other persons: Betty Joe Chancey, 46, of 3371 Millcreek Road, April Michelle Pittman, 34, of 90 Blount Road, Michael Antonio Bennett, 24, of 319 Keller Ave. and Brian Keith Arnold, 44, of 2188 Memorial Drive. They were all charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of meth and possession of marijuana, Royal said.
The sheriff said his officers found in the room a metal container with what field tested as marijuana inside, four digital scales, an open box containing sandwich bags, a pill bottle containing a white, powder and pill bottle containing clear crystal-like substance — both substances field tested positive for methamphetamine, Royal said.
Related to the surveillance of multiple locations in Ware County, drug unit and state probation officers were surveilling a residence on Perham Street a little later Wednesday night, Royal said.
And Detective Tron Lewis was following a 2002 Mazda 626 that he stopped after it turned off of Albany Avenue onto McDonald Street at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Royal said.
He arrested Jennifer Roneka Kennedy, 23, of 401 Perham St., and Ernest Donjel Chatman, 40, of the same address. Both were charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and theft by receiving stolen property, Royal said.
Lewis observed Kennedy putting something inside her bra and ordered her to remove it. When she did, he found it to be a bag containing a green leafy substance that field tested as marijuana, Royal said. Also found during a search of the car were a loaded Ruger LCP .380 caliber handgun that was reported stolen in Bacon County in 2015, various plastic bags containing a white chunky substance that field tested positive for cocaine.
Lewis also heard a small child’s cry and found a baby in the rear seat, Royal said. The Department of Family and Children Services were called and a responsible family member located to take custody of the child, Royal said.
Kennedy and Chatman were transported to the Ware County jail.
Involved with the motel surveillance were Sgt. Robert Wise, Lewis, Detective James Cox and officers of the Department of Community Supervision, Royal said.