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The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team recently made numerous crystal methamphetamine-related arrests following several investigations.
CNT arrested 11 people, including three from Bryan County, and assisted with a search warrant in a neighboring jurisdiction that resulted in additional arrests. The search warrant was connected to CNT’s investigations, according to a CNT news release.
Those arrested from Bryan County were Sarah Kment, 30, of Richmond Hill; Brandon Elrod, 28, of Ellabell; and Corey Smith, 30, of Ellabell.
On April 18, CNT arrested Amanda Walker, 27, of Savannah, Kment, Elrod and James Tyson, 32, of Savannah.
Walker and Kment had posted as escorts on Backpage. CNT, which is familiar with Walker from previous arrests, arranged a meeting with an undercover agent. During the meeting, police said, all parties agreed to exchange crystal methamphetamine and sexual favors for money. Elrod and Tyson were arrested in connection with the operation.
Later that same night, CNT arrested Jonathan Gaines, 39, of Springfield, Kyle Jenkins, 28, of Rincon, Smith and Miranda Wilson, 28, of Eden. All four were arrested following an operation in which Gaines tried to sell crystal methamphetamine with the assistance of Jenkins, Wilson and Smith, the release says.
Various forms of controlled substance were seized in the operation, in addition to the crystal methamphetamine, according to the release.
On April 20, CNT, with the assistance of the United States Marshals, arrested Jason Tillman, 40, and James Ward III, 29, both from Bloomingdale.
Tillman was in possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest, CNT said.
Ward was arrested in Statesboro and was in possession of a firearm. During an investigation into Ward and Tillman, undercover CNT agents made several purchases of crystal methamphetamine from the men, according to the news release.
On April 19, Ward’s Facebook page displayed a post that suggested he knew he was wanted, that he was not turning himself in and gave his opinion about the police, specifically CNT, the release says.
Two stolen vehicles were recovered during CNT’s investigation into Ward and Tillman, and four vehicles were seized in the above mentioned operations, according to the release.
On April 21, CNT, with assistance from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit, arrested Brandon Holton, 31, of Eden.
Holton was wanted in connection with a joint operation by CNT and Effingham County sheriff’s investigators in which police said Holton was selling crystal methamphetamine.
All persons arrested were taken to the Chatham County Detention Center. The investigations are ongoing and additional charges and arrests are expected.