DTF nets four drug arrests in last few days

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 27, 2019

Four people are behind bars for possession of illegal drugs after being busted by the Drug Task Force over the last few days.

According to a release from the DTF, Gantt Police officer Jonathan Pitts and other officers conducted a driver license safety checkpoint off of Hwy. 29 on June 23.

During a traffic stop, Pitts located methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, as well as two firearms.

Pitts contacted DTF agent Ken Harris, who responded to the scene.

Joseph Taylor of Greenville was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and heroin and placed in the Covington County Jail.

On June 25, DTF agents received a call in reference to two people just off the side of Pinewood Road who appeared to be under the influence.

DTF agents made contact with Eric Carnley and Erica Gardner.

Agents located methamphetamine.

Carnley and Gardner were placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine.

Also on June 25, DTF agent noticed a person who appeared to be passed out in Opp.

While attempting to wake the person, an agent saw the subject was holding a synthetic controlled substance in his hand. Timothy Smith was placed under arrest for possession of synthetic controlled substance.

DTF Cmdr. Mark Odom said he would like to thank all of the agents of the DTF for continuing their hard work in keeping the drugs off the streets throughout Covington County.

APD Chief Paul Hudson commended Odom and the DTF agent who “continue to fight the good fight and keep drugs out of the hands of our residents. I appreciate their dedication to their jobs and communities. Keep up the good work.”

OPD Chief Kevin Chance echoed the sentiments.

“I appreciate the effort given daily by the members of our Drug Task Force,” he said. “They continue to fight each day to get rid of the drugs off the streets of our community and put drug dealers behind bars.”

Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman also said, “I love it when a plan comes together. The efforts put forth by the agencies involved with the Drug Task Force is a compliment to their commitment to make our community safer. Keep up the good work and drive one.”