Four Pembroke men were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after a six-month investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and the Pembroke Police Department.
Arrested were Michael Hamlin, 51, Harold Todd, 65, Enoch Johnson Jr., 57, and George Mincey III, 26.
While he would not specify exactly what drugs were involved, Jamie Jones, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, called it a “smorgasbord.”
“This wasn’t just minor like marijuana,” he said. “People don’t realize the drug problem is nationwide and much worse than they know, and often it’s right in plain view.”
Jones said whereas in the past police had to worry about marijuana and cocaine, today it involves crack, meth, prescription drugs, heroin and synthetic substances.
“It’s astronomical the amount of drugs people are exposed to, and southeast Georgia isn’t immune,” he said. “The synthetic drugs are especially addictive. The recovery rate isn’t so great.”
Jones said Mincey was already lodged in the Bryan County Jail when the arrest warrants were executed and that the other three have joined him there. The felony charges will now move to Bryan County Superior Court.
“People should know we’ll be back, too,” Jones added. “When the sheriff joined our task force he specifically asked that we focus on North Bryan.”