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Shots report in Long County leads to apparent drug ring
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A report of shots fired Dec. 19 near a Long County mobile home park sparked an investigation that resulted in more than 15 pounds of marijuana and other drugs being seized, according to the Long County Sheriff’s Office.

About 4:30 p.m., the Long County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a shooting near Tibet Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival, Sgt. Donald Bierly and Deputies Tony Fowler and Jake Howard discovered a crime scene, which included damage to a mobile home and vehicle.

Long County EMS was dispatched and investigators called. Deputies secured the scene and rendered assistance to a woman who was injured, but who was not identified.

Cpl. Austin McGinn led a team of investigators, who, after applying for a search warrant, discovered more than 10 pounds of suspected marijuana and other drugs, including cocaine. Prescription medications were also collected. Two firearms that had been reported stolen were discovered, along with a stolen TV. Weapons were also confiscated.

More than $23,000 in cash was seized. Investigators said the money is the product of a criminal enterprise. A forfeiture application will be submitted to the Long County Superior Court to retain this money. Two vehicles were seized and will also be subject to the forfeiture application. Financial records were seized.

Eleven Sheriff’s Office personnel participated in the investigation, which lasted more than 14 hours.

As the investigation continued, another 5 pounds of marijuana was seized Monday. The report did not say where it was found.

One arrest has been made. Whitney T. Bacon, 26, of Allenhurst, has been charged with two counts of criminal damage to property.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified another suspect, Willie Lee Taylor Jr., 36, who lives Tibet Mobile Home Park Lot 9, Ludowici. An arrest warrant for Taylor has been issued. Anyone with information about Taylor’s location is asked to notify local law enforcement immediately.

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