Last updated: July 04. 2014 10:55AM - 17383 Views
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A joint investigation between several agencies including Harris County, Meriwether County and Troup County led to multiple arrests and seizure of approximately three pounds, $420,000 worth, of methamphetamine.
A joint investigation between several agencies including Harris County, Meriwether County and Troup County led to multiple arrests and seizure of approximately three pounds, $420,000 worth, of methamphetamine.
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Meriwether Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on Tuesday at about 6 a.m., approximately 45 officers and four K-9 units, representing various law enforcement agencies including Troup County and Harris County, simultaneously converged on two homes on Kodiak Lane and a home on Keepsake Lane in Greenville and carried out multiple search warrants regarding the distribution of methamphetamine.

Patrick Lanail Bray, 24, of Greenville, a wanted fugitive, was located at a resident on Keepsake Lane. He was wanted on the charges of kidnapping out of Troup County and armed robbery out of Greenville according to reports.

According to Det. Chris Pritchett with the LaGrange Police, Bray was wanted on a May 2013 incident in which he allegedly got into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend on Revis Street, stole her cellphone and pulled her out of a vehicle into a backyard. She was able to get away and he followed her for a while before he left the scene. He was wanted for charges of kidnapping and simple battery under a family violence offense and theft.

Bray has been on the run for two years and the U.S. Marshals tracked him down at the location. Bray was located in the back bedroom lying in a bed and was allegedly in possession of a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a clear bag containing crack cocaine.

He is being held in the Meriwether County Jail and facing charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and is being held outstanding warrants through Troup County and Greenville according to reports.

Christopher Brent Jackson, 38, his wife Tiffany L. Jackson, 30, and his brother Harlan O. Jackson, all of Greenville were arrested during the investigation on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. The three are currently being held in the Meriwether County Jail without bond.

Additional arrests are pending of those involved in the distribution and trafficking in large quantities of methamphetamines.

Investigators seized approximately seven kilograms, or three pounds of methamphetamine, estimating to a street value of $420,000; additional U.S. currency; 17 motor vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheelers and are in the process of seizing the two houses and parcels of land they are located on.

The case has been an eight month collaborative investigation between Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenville Police Department Narcotics Task Force and DEA, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

The execution of warrants and arrests started in the early morning hours Tuesday July 1 and was completed around 9 p.m. that same day reports stated.

“I am very proud of all these law enforcement officers that were involved. We were able to run these three separate operations simultaneously, safely and with great success,” Meriwether County Sheriff Smith said. “Getting one kilo of meth off the streets is great, but to get seven kilo’s off the street and the drug dealers in one operation is outstanding.”

Agencies involved in this operation included Meriwether County narcotics unit, patrol deputies, K-9 units and investigators, narcotics task force, Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA’s Clandestine lab teams, U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Troup County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and K-9 unit, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and K-9 Units, and the Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 unit.

Sheriff James Woodruff stated:

“This case is a great example of agencies using their resources working together to continue to fight against illegal drugs and other crimes.”

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