Officers arrest Crandall man for possession of methamphetamine

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MURRAY COUNTY, Ga – Murray County law enforcement apprehended Lance Tyler Stephenson on several drug charges after a lengthy drug investigation.
The Murray County Proactive Drug Unit investigated Stephenson over several months. Previously, Stephenson allegedly fled and evaded capture by deputies on his motorcycle.
Once arrested on July 22, law enforcement found 5.3 ounces of methamphetamine, smoking pipe, $1,058, and a stun gun in Stephenson’s possession. He was charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking of methamphetamine, and possession of drug-related objects. The numerous felony charges each carry hefty fines and jail sentences if convicted.
Murray County Sheriff’s Office accepts drug activity tips on its website, which goes directly to the narcotics unit. Individuals can remain anonymous.
Fetch Your News will update this story as more information becomes available.

Three arrested in drug investigations

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Three people were arrested on drug charges in two separate incidences in Murray County.

Deputies seized drugs in two separate investigations

Combined drugs confiscated in two separate investigations. Three people were arrested.

According to Jimmy Davenport, Chief Deputy:

Dwayne Sitton and Brittany Prince were charged trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and drug related objects. The arrest came after deputies obtained a search warrant and found 1.68 pounds of methamphetamines.

Michael Whaley was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of a schedule IV drug, and drug related objects in a separate investigation. Deputies found six grams of methamphetamine and unprescribed Clonzapam pills.

Murray deputies get $76,000 in drug paraphernalia off the streets

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MURRAY COUNTY, GA – In separate investigations, Murray County Deputies and Investigators successfully removed over $76,000 worth of drug paraphernalia and firearms from local streets.

The investigations are still ongoing and the result of dedicated law enforcement officers and multiple search warrants.

In the header image is approximately 50 fluid ounces (more than 1500 vials) of THC Oil, approximately 14 pounds of Marijuana, three firearms with ammunition, items and utensils used in the consumption and distribution of Marijuana along with $1810.00 of US Currency. An approximate street value of $75,000.00 dollars.

The second picture is approximately 14.4 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 3.5 ounces of Marijuana, 39 firearms, and $1116.00 of US Currency.

Fetch Your News is gathering information related to these drug paraphernalia seizures and will update this story as information comes in.

CDC reveals deadliest drug in America

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According to the latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in overdoses. 

The new report says that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid increased by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

What is fentanyl?

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. 

It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.

However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product–with or without the user’s knowledge–to increase its euphoric effects.

Illicitly-made fentanyl use is on the rise

The rate of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl, doubled from 2015 to 2016. Roughly 19,400 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids other than methadone in 2016.

Reports from law enforcement indicate that much of the synthetic opioid overdose increase may be due to illegally or illicitly made fentanyl. According to data from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System, confiscations, or seizures, of fentanyl increased by nearly 7 fold from 2012 to 2014. There were 4,585 fentanyl confiscations in 2014. This suggests that the sharp rise in fentanyl-related deaths may be due to increased availability of illegally made, non-pharmaceutical fentanyl, and not prescribed fentanyl.

The number of states reporting 20 or more fentanyl confiscations every six months is increasing. From July to December 2014, 18 states reported 20 or more fentanyl drug confiscations. By comparison, six states reported 20 or more fentanyl drug confiscations from July to December 2013.

What can be done?

CDC suggests the following actions in response to increases in fentanyl-related overdose deaths:

Improve detection of fentanyl outbreaks

  • Public health departments:
    Explore methods for more rapidly detecting drug overdose outbreaks, including fentanyl.
  • Medical examiners and coroners:
    Screen for fentanyl in suspected opioid overdose cases in regions reporting increases in fentanyl confiscations, fentanyl-related overdose fatalities or unusually high spikes in heroin or unspecified drug overdose fatalities. Not all jurisdictions routinely test for fentanyl.
  • Law enforcement:
    Law enforcement can play an important role identifying and responding to increases in the distribution and use of illegally-made fentanyl.

Expand Use of Naloxone

Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid-related overdoses, including heroin and fentanyl, and is a critical tool in preventing fatal opioid overdoses. Depending on state and local laws, this medication can be administered by EMS, law enforcement, other drug users, or family and friend bystanders who have obtained the medication.9

  • Health Care Providers:
    Multiple doses of naloxone may need to be administered per overdose event because of fentanyl’s high potency relative to other opioids.10
  • Harm reduction organizations:
    Conduct trainings on naloxone use to persons at risk for opioid-related overdose and their friends and family members.



The GBI Crime Lab Receives Synthetic Opioid Carfentanil

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Decatur, GA – Within the past week, the GBI Crime Lab’s drug identification unit received three cases from separate seizures of the synthetic opioid carfentanil. Carfentanil is a fentanyl analog used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants.

It is purported to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and suspected of playing a role in hundreds of overdoses in the Midwest part of the country this past month. It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and very toxic in small quantities. The cases that came in the lab were from the metro Atlanta area and were all suspected to be heroin. As a result of this drug coming into the GBI Crime Lab, lab scientists have enhanced their safety protocols to protect them from the potential dangers.

Some of the changes include wearing a face mask as well as testing any case suspected to contain heroin under a ventilated hood. Officer safety is of grave concern and all officers are strongly encouraged to take extreme caution when handling any suspected opioid.

Carfentanil is not intended for human use and the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan may be effective but only after multiple doses. The public is urged to be aware of the extreme dangers of handling and consuming carfentanil.

K9 Unit checks on suspicious person finds 1/2 lb of meth


Murray County check leads to drug related arrest.

On Friday, August 15,  a K9 unit in Murray County checked on a suspicious person.   During the investigation they located 1/2 lb. of Meth, and $3,118.00 in cash, along with scales used to facilitate the sale of Meth.   Arrested was William Ray Gentry age 42 of Sparta, Tennessee. He is currently housed in the Murray County Jail.

Motorcycle stop yields Meth arrest in Murray County


According to the Murray County Sheriff’s office a motorcycle stop results in a drug arrest.

On Thursday June 30, 2016 at approximately 10:45 pm, one of the Murray County K9 units were patrolling the area of Hwy 52 and it’s intersection of Holly Creek Cool Springs Road.   The officer noticed a motorcycle operating illegal blue auxiliary lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.   The driver attempted to flee from the officer through the yards of a nearby residential area.   The officer continued to pursue and the driver was finally arrested after wrecking the motorcycle.

Found on the suspect was approximately 13.5 grams of Methamphetamine with $1536.00 cash.  The suspect is in custody and the investigation of the incident continues.

Short Pursuit over the weekend ends in Drug Arrest in Murray County


Over the weekend one of the Murray County  K9 Units were involved in a short pursuit.

The pursuit of a small green car began in the area of Weaver Rd. and ended behind the 1st Baptist church in Eton.  The chase resulted in 2 females and 1 male who were captured immediately.   Another male was at large until located the next day.  Both females had concealed drugs on their body when they entered the Jail.

Murray County traffic stop results in 5 arrests


A traffic stop by one of the alert Murray County Deputies resulted in 5 arrests.

The vehicle was initially stopped for operation of unsafe vehicle and no seat belt and ended in 5 arrests.   Approximately 14 gms of marijuana along with scales, and grinders were located in the vehicle. Along with 2 small children that were found hidden in the back of the vehicle unrestrained.

EMS were called to the scene to check the welfare of the children. A toddler was also in the vehicle in a restraint seat. all 5 were charged with Possession w/intent to distribute.   Also charges were issued for 3 seat belt violations,  additionally multiple open containers of alcohol were located in the vehicle.

Firearm & drugs discovered in stolen vehicle stop


Investigators with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office along with the assistance of Georgia State Patrol and their K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop on a recently stolen vehicle.

While patrolling the are of south 225 in Murray County,  investigators recognized a stolen vehicle, which was taken from Triple C Market.   Officers initiated a traffic stop at Center Hill Baptist Church. While searching the stolen vehicle a small amount of narcotics along with a firearm was discovered and confiscated from the driver. Also located in the vehicle were personal identification documents belonging to different individuals.

Arrested was Kristen Weaver. This Stolen Vehicle is part of the investigation of Ronald “Frankie” Henderson.

Joint Operation Nabs 6 in Prescription Drug Fraud including CEO of Union General Hospital

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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Union County Georgia Sheriff’s Office arrest of James Lanier Heaton, George David Gowder III, John Michael Gowder, Virginia Lou Harkins, Gail Gowder, and Jamie Harkins all who provided Blairsville Georgia addresses, for charges stemming from a joint investigation into prescription fraud.

FYN spoke with officials and the hospital confirms John Michael Gowder is the CEO of Union General.

Gowder  John Michael Gowder

The joint operation involved members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tactical Diversion Squad, the Union County Georgia Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office. Although the investigation is ongoing to date information has been discovered that would indicate that the ring was operating in Cherokee County North Carolina and may be facing charges here as well.

Sheriff Palmer stated “We enjoyed the opportunity to work with the agencies involved. Sheriff Mack Mason and his Office have been a tremendous ally as we are sending the message No longer can you deal drugs across county and state lines – We will hunt you down and prosecute you.”

Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information on this crime or any other to report it. To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.

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