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Two from Richmond Hill arrested in meth ring
Hoffman Amy
Amy Hoffman

Two people from Richmond Hill were arrested as part of a methamphetamine distribution ring in Bryan and Chatham counties, according to investigators.

Raymond “D.J. Ray” Gutierrez, 42, and Amy Hoffman, 45, were taken into custody on Aug. 26 by agents from the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, CNT spokesman Gene Harley said.

Their arrests came after CNT searched Hoffman’s house in the 600 block of Rushing Street and the home where Gutierrez was staying in the 200 block of Cottonham Court. Agents seized an undisclosed amount of crystal methamphetamine, drug-related items and approximately $1,000, according to Harley.

Two other members of the alleged drug ring – Anthony “Eddie” Hensley, 35, of Savannah and Bryan Bignault, 24, of Garden City – were arrested Tuesday.

“CNT began its investigation into the group after receiving information people were selling methamphetamine in both Chatham and Bryan Counties,” Harley said. “During the course of the four-month investigation, undercover CNT agents made purchases of crystal methamphetamine from several members of the group.”

Hoffman and Gutierrez both were charged with possession of methamphetamine, intent to distribute meth and possession of tools during the commission of a crime. Gutierrez additionally was charged Tuesday with selling meth and using a telecommunication device in committing a crime.

Hoffman remains in the Bryan County Detention Center after being denied bond at an arraignment hearing, Harley said. She was on parole for a prior meth-related conviction.

Gutierrez was taken to the Chatham County Detention Center, where he remains after being denied bond at his arraignment hearing.

“The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges are expected,” Harley said.

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