Sheriff announces  several drug arrests  in Appling County

SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE CONFISCATED

On Monday, November 9, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at 31-year-old, Christopher James Clements’ residence located at 209 Kemp Lane.

As a result of this search, several pounds of marijuana, a stolen 9mm handgun, drug related items and $6,785.44 in U.S. currency were recovered.

Clements was charged with Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act (VGCSA) possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, VGCSA – possession of drug related objects; theft by receiving stolen property; possession of a firearm by convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Thursday, November 12, members of the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) executed an arrest warrant for 46-year-old James Deangleo Gibbs (aka LOPE) of 582 Russell Road, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance. A search warrant was also executed resulting in over 14 ounces of high-grade marijuana, ammunition, and $7,274.00 in U.S. currency being recovered.

This joint investigation began in 2018 with the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, DEA, GBI, Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Police Department, Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office and Telfair County Sheriff’s Office investigating a drug trafficking distribution ring operating in multiple counties. This investigation resulted in a 57-count federal indictment and the seizure of more than $410,000.00 in cash, three kilograms of cocaine, 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana, and 19 vehicles. Thursday’s operations were focused in Appling (one arrest), Telfair (six arrests) and Coffee Counties (one arrest).

Gibbs will face additional criminal charges relating to this search.

Angela Rena Gibbs, 38, was also arrested and charged with VGCSA - possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, VGCSA - possession of drug related objects.

On Thursday, November 12, members of the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Baxley Police Department, executed a search warrant at Curtis Willard Butler’s residence located at 2247 Golden Isles East, Lot 2. Butler is 37. Officers recovered a quantity of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug related objects and $626.00 US Currency.

Butler and Michael Todd Nadeau, 45, were arrested for VGCSA - sell of heroin, VGCSA - trafficking heroin, VGCSA - possession of methamphetamine, VGCSA - possession of marijuana, VGCSA - pills not in original container and VGCSA - possession of drug related objects.

Sheriff Mark Melton ensures the citizens of Appling County that the sheriff’s office is committed to working with local, state and federal agencies to impede the flow of illicit drugs into Appling County. If you have any information concerning drug activity in your community, please call the Appling County Sheriff’s Office.