Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes said his narcotics division made a huge drug bust on Sept. 26. The LCSO narcotics unit along with members of the Patrol Division and Special Response Team executed a search warrant at 85 Joyner Rd. Lot 29A.
The resident of the home was identified as Curtis Bluford.
According to the LCSO Bluford was initially taken into custody during a traffic stop. A search of his vehicle revealed several bags of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy, all of which were packaged for sale. A stolen handgun was also recovered from the car.
During the execution of the search warrant at the home, more cocaine and an additional firearm were recovered, along with packaging materials commonly used to facilitate the sales of illicit substances.
Bluford will be charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies, theft by receiving (firearm), possession of tools for the commission of a crime and possession of drug related objects.
The Sheriff noted that the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to removing drug dealers from our communities and bringing them to justice.
In order to fulfill their mission in combating crime, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Long County Sheriff Office and McIntosh County Sheriff’s office recently conducted two days of joint training exercises to enhance inter-agency cooperation. The training consisted of tactical movements and precision shooting exercises.
Sikes said having all three agencies train together is critical and necessary to ensure operations are focused and the best training opportunities are being achieved.
“Inter-agency collaboration in law enforcement can be challenging,” Sikes said in a press release. “Different agencies have different cultures and ways of doing things. But they also have different perspectives, different areas of expertise and resources.”
The Sheriff added that inter-agency collaboration, when done effectively, can be beneficial. Sikes thanked the Long County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Craig Nobles for organizing the training. He also thanked all the participating agencies involved in the training exercise.