Complaints and intel led to the arrest of three Hinesville men on narcotics and stolen property charges.
The men were arrested Wednesday and charged with possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, as well as a multitude of other charges expected to be filed.
Joseph Johnson, 38, Nicholas Warren, 32, and Darrious Hudson, 31, were taken into custody when members of the Hinesville Police Department Narcotics Unit, HPD probation officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms executed a search warrant at an apartment in the Woodwind South apartment complex in the 700 block of South Main Street, according to Lt. Chris Reid.
Reid said officers entered the residence without incident and discovered an ounce of cocaine and a half-pound of marijuana, both with a street value of over $10,000. In addition, allegedly stolen property ranging from tablets to gaming systems, valued from $3,000 to $4,000, was recovered from the residence. Cash in the thousands of dollars also was seized.
According to Reid, the officers took Johnson, a convicted felon on probation, to his home on Baker Drive in Hinesville. Using the Fourth Amendment waiver in which the property of a convicted felon on probation can be searched without a warrant, the officers seized 2 ounces of cocaine and marijuana, an allegedly stolen assault rifle and several handguns. Johnson was on parole for a previous weapons-and-drug charge, according to Reid.
Reid said the search came about due to complaints of narcotic activity at the residence. ATF agents were involved in the search due to concerns there was a large cache of weapons in the home.
As for victims who may feel their property was seized in the search, Reid said to visit the Hinesville police department with the serial number to investigate whether their property was recovered.