• Arrest date: Sept. 4
According to Multi Agency Drug Task Force Unit Commander Al Cato, agents received several tips on suspected drug activities and started an investigation that led to a search warrant for Aubrey Hines’ house in Walthourville.
The agents served the warrant and wound up arresting Hines, 38, for reportedly being in possession of cocaine. She was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a misdemeanor quantity of marijuana.
Agents also arrested Chantel Hines, 28, and charged her with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana (misdemeanor). David Hines, 34, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession marijuana (misdemeanor).
Cato said agents seized a little less than a gram of suspected powder cocaine, less than an ounce of suspected marijuana and one .380 cal semi automatic pistol. All three were taken to the Liberty County Jail.
•Arrest date: Sept. 18
After receiving anonymous tips, MACE agents secured a search warrant for a Walthourville residence where they suspected drug activity. The search led to the arrest of Kenneth Jackson, 30, for possession of marijuana. Jackson was on probation and may face a revocation hearing.
• Arrest date Oct. 14
Cato said his agents began an investigation Sept. 6 that led to the arrest of Benjamin Keith Bacon on Oct. 14. Cato said the investigation started when an unidentified man brought packages of soap to the Liberty County Jail and said they were for an inmate.
The man left and jail administrators and MACE agents examined the packages where they reportedly found concealed tobacco, a cigarette lighter, cigarette rolling papers and approximately eight grams of suspected marijuana. The investigation led the agents to identify the man as Bacon. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and crossing a guard line with illegal contraband.
• Arrest date Sept. 16
Cato said his agents were patrolling the Walthourville area Sept. 16 when they saw a man driving a vehicle. Armed with the knowledge the man did not have a driver’s license, agents stopped the car and asked the driver, Tony Wheeler, 23, of Walthourville, for his identification.
According to Cato, Wheeler was released from prison within the last six months and is on parole. Cato said his agents spotted a plastic bag containing white powder sticking out of Wheeler’s pocket as he tried to locate his ID. He was arrested and charged with driving without a license and trafficking cocaine. He is in Liberty County Jail.
• Arrest date Oct. 9
According to Cato, a routine traffic stop by Hinesville police led to the arrest of Taron Deflorinmonte. Deflorinmonte, 24, of Hinesville, was found reportedly with a misdemeanor quantity of suspected marijuana and driving without a license. Deflorinmonte also had an outstanding state warrant with MACE on two counts of cocaine sales. He is in Liberty County Jail awaiting a hearing for the revocation of his parole.
• Oct. 10
Agents, along with Walthourville police, executed a search warrant at 1120 Shaw Road after they received information about suspected marijuana plants growing in the house. While searching the residence, they reportedly found approximately 20 marijuana plants in pots. The residence was unoccupied at the time. Cato said they are investigating the case and look to secure arrests soon.
• Arrest date Oct. 17
After a month-long investigation, agents arrested Henry “Huncka” Johnson after they executed a search warrant for Johnson’s Long County residence. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 1.35 pounds of suspected marijuana and 4.5 grams of suspected powder cocaine. Johnson was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking cocaine and possessing tools of the crime.