The investigation began a little more than six months ago, and, according to GPD Cpl. Tishe Dyer, was initiated through multiple phone calls and interviews with concerned residents in the area.
“Our contacts were extremely helpful and kept in constant contact with us about the activities at the residence,” Dyer said.
The Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at the residence on Jan. 8. The intent of the warrant was to search for narcotics and narcotics-related items.
Scales, narcotics packaging material, Xanax pills, Hydrocodone pills, marijuana and one firearm were seized during the execution of the warrant. One vehicle was also seized due to its connection with the illegal activities.
Part of the successful investigation was the involvement of residents in the East College Street neighborhood, said GPD Investigator Bryan Clanton.
“Any area is the wrong area for narcotics problems, but (residents) in this area are really intolerant of any illegal activity. Also, it is kind of hard to maintain a covert criminal business when the rest of the people in the neighborhood do not share the same aspirations,” Clanton said.
“The main thing we want people to know is that we take their concerns seriously and will investigate, no matter what. However, it is much more fruitful if there is a level of active community cooperation,” he said.
The following people were arrested and taken to the Spalding County Jail: Abby Sparks, 27, charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce; Shane Simons, 27, charged with possession of marijuana less than an once; Phillip Pattillo, 24, charged with possession of a Schedule III narcotic; Daniel Sparks, 26, charged with possession of a Schedule III narcotic and possession of a Schedule IV narcotic; Nathan Hodgson, 24, charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and violation of state probation; Jenna Goen, 25, charged with possession of a Schedule IV narcotic.