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Gambling Raids In Three Counties

Tift, Turner & Worth Businesses Raided On Gambling Violations

Search warrants were executed at 12 business locations.

The businesses were:

Stop and Shop, 415 W. Washington Ave, Ashburn Lucky Lotto Food Mart, 231 S. Main St. Ashburn Rubby's Food Mart, 362 E. Washington Ave., Ashburn OK Gas Station aka OK Store, 1270 Bussey Road, Sycamore Dollar +, 910 Central Ave. South, Tifton Nita's Food Mart, 1520 Central Ave. South, Tifton Roxx, 608 Love Ave., Tifton Silver Star, 610 Love Ave., Tifton Lucky Lotto, 402 W. 7th Street, Tifton Shell Food Mart, 501 N. Main St., Sylvester Lucky Lotto, 201 W. Franklin St., Sylvester Prince Beauty, 305 E. Franklin St., Sylvester

During the investigation, GBI agents found that businesses were operating coin-operated amusement machines or COAMS. The GBI said these machines are where customers get cash payouts for winning credits.

The GBI stated that "In Georgia, COAMS must be properly licensed by the Georgia Lottery and credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise."

The GBI's Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Tift County Sheriff's Office, the Ashburn Police Department, the Sycamore Police Department, the Turner County Sheriff's Office and the Worth County Sheriff's Office took part in the search warrants. The Tifton Judicial Circuit and the Georgia Lottery Corporation cooperated in the investigation, according to the GBI.

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Exchange Club's Public Safety Award

Deputy Dewayne Garner Selected For Exchange Club's Public Safety Award

Our thanks to the Tifton Exchange Club for recognizing Deputy Dewayne Gardner with their Public Safety Award this week.  From left to right are: Exchange Club Safety Chair Angie Saturday, Sheriff Gene Scarbrough, Deputy Dewayne Gardner and Lt. Chris Strickland.

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New Detention Officers Sworn In

Sheriff Gene Scarbrough Swears In New Detention Officers

New Detention Officers from left to right: Michelle Dopson-Young, Taylor Williamson & Isaak Trammell.  Welcome

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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Large Drug Bust

Large Amount of Drugs Seized in South Georgia Investigation

MAY 28, 2022

Tift County, GA (May 27, 2022) - On Friday, May 20, 2022, members of the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, Tift County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Jose Luis Pena-Ferraras, age 35 and Ismil Rodriguez-Aybar, age 43, both of Lawrenceville, GA, after the seizure of five kilograms of methamphetamine, one kilogram of heroin, and a handgun. 

Ferraras and Aybar were arrested in the parking lot of a hotel in Tifton, GA, and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and heroin. Ferraras was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. A search of their vehicle led to the seizures.

Based on a lengthy investigation, Ferraras and Aybar were identified as suppling methamphetamine and heroin to multiple communities in South Georgia, to include Tifton and Albany.

The GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office is in Albany, Georgia and services 42 counties in Southwest Georgia. The office is a collaborative effort between the GBI, the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, the Dougherty County Police Department, the Dougherty County District Attorney's Office, and the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office, and is partially funded with Byrne/JAG grant funds.

Tips can also be submitted to the GBI by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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New Detention Officers Sworn In

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough swore in two new Detention Officers, Nelly Torres & Frederick Carswell, on Wednesday, April 27.

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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