The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Wednesday documenting the arrests of three men accused of trafficking methamphetamine from Georgia to west Jefferson County, and of selling heroin. The arrests come at the conclusion of a four month long investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office that began in October of 2013.
According to the press release, the three suspected drug dealers had been purchasing large quantities of meth from a dealer in Atlanta, GA, and selling it within Jefferson County. On February 28th narcotics investigators executed a search warrant for a home in the 4600 block of Birmingport Road in Mulga and found the suspects in possession of 19 ounces of the drugs. Chief Deputy Randy Christian said the amount was enough for 532 individual doses of heroin, plus meth with a street value of roughly $106,500. An unknown amount of GHB was also recovered at the home.
The three suspects arrested on meth trafficking charges were:
- David Leigh of Mulga
- Bradley Gipson of Edgewater
- Matthew McGaha of Morris
Sheriff Mike Hale classified Gipson and Leigh as “mid-level” drug dealers.
McGaha, 32, has since been released from jail after he posted a $50,000 bond, while Gipson, 23, remains jailed in lieu of a $52,000 bond and Leigh, 34, is held in lieu of a $152,000 bond.
Sheriff Hale held a press conference at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday where he praised the community for the tips they provided to investigators which played a huge role in the drug bust.