Authorities have arrested 10 people for drugs and gambling in Walthourville, according to the city’s police chief.
Walthourville Police Chief Bernie Quarterman said his department along with the Hinesville Police Department and Long County Sheriff’s Office conducted raids at various locations in the city Wednesday night after nine months of investigation.
Quarterman said police have issued warrants for eight additional suspects.
Those arrested include Lee Artis Baker, who allegedly ran an illegal gambling business involving cards and dice out of his home on Dunlevie Road while selling marijuana and also getting a portion of the proceeds from others he allowed to sell marijauna and cocaine from his home.
Quarterman said gambling, as well as illegal drug and alcohol sales, took place in a storage shed on Baker’s property, and authorities learned “guns were displayed in the immediate area, so we felt the need to bring closure to this operation to prevent any violence from occurring.”
Quarterman also praised the city's mayor, Daisy Pray, and council members for forming the task force to fight crime.
“This is a great effort to fight against drugs in and around the county. We plan on continuing this coordinated effort to make every attempt to save families and friends of this community from this poison that's overtaking our neighborhoods,” Quarterman said.
Baker faces multiple drug counts and also is charged with running a business without a license.
Also arrested and charged with various drug and gambling crimes were Marun Underwood, Hosea Howard, Tara Wheeler, Jason Harley, Joseph Bulnes, Miquavis Morris, Javontis Powell, Anthony Williams and Eric Newberry, according to Quarterman.
More on this story as information is available.