2012-06-28 / Front Page

Drug task force arrests seven in Monday night raids

A drug task force executed search warrants across Washington and ­Wilkes County Monday night, arresting seven individuals.

“These search warrants were executed Monday night as a result of an ongoing drug investigation,” Sheriff Mark Moore said. “In addition to deputies from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, we had several agencies involved including the Piedmont Northern MANS, Washington Police, the state probation office, the state parole office, GBI Region 7, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Warrenton Police, Thomson Police, and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.”

Over a period of several hours Monday evening, the task force executed search warrants. At the first, in a home at 3243 Mallorysville Road near Tignall, officers arrested three men for drug possession. The arrests included Jefferey Dennison, 26, charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and with possession of marijuana (less than one ounce); Joseph Paul Kittle, 37, charged with possession of marijuana (less than one ounce); and Joseph Paul Kittle II, 17, also charged with possession of marijuana (less than one ounce).

At the second location, 268 Sardis Road near Rayle, task force members executed a search warrant but made no arrests.

In Washington, members of the task force searched a home at 209 Forest Lane and arrested Amanda Kirkland Smith, 31, and charged her with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and with possession of tools for commission of a crime.

The last search warrant took the task force to 322 Fain Road near Tignall. After the search of the home, three people were arrested: Carolyn Norman, 33, Randall Fain, 42, and Phillip Fain, 47. Each was charged with possession of marijuana (less than one ounce).

Arrest warrants are forthcoming, the sheriff said, and no bonds had been set at press time.

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