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Sheriff's Office Makes Drug Arrest

      

Drug Arrest

On Thursday, September 22, 2022 members of the Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested Joshua John Gillis, age 32 of Tifton, Georgia.

Gillis was arrested after a traffic stop and officers were able to seize 62 tablets of a schedule II controlled substance (Dextroamphetamine) and 3.14 pounds of Marijuana.

Based on tips from the community, the above arrest, along with a lengthy investigation by the Tift County Sheriff's Office, investigators were able to establish probable cause for a search warrant on Ferry Lake Road in Tift County, which resulted in the seizure of a firearm.

Gillis has been charged with the following:

Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Dextroamphetamine)

Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana

Transactions in a controlled substance of Marijuana in or within a 1000ft of a school

Transaction in a controlled substance of Dextroamphetamine in or within a 100ft of a school

Tips may be submitted to the Tift County Sheriff's Office at https://www.tiftsheriff.org or by downloading the Tift County Sheriff's Office mobile app on your Apple or Android phone.

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Sheriff's Office Hosting Faith & Blue Friday Oct. 7, 1pm to 4pm

This will be a relaxed and informal drop in style get together to allow citizens the opportunity to talk with deputies about issues they feel are important. These casual conversations help put real faces and personalities on each side, bring concerns to the table, and create better understanding of all involved. The aim is to provide everyone with a voice, enhance cultural awareness, and strengthen understanding. By pairing local law enforcement with local houses of worship, these events offer a unique opportunity to bring law enforcement officers and the community members they serve together to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Community residents can sit down with deputies and ask questions or share what's on their mind. In a neutral environment, citizens and law enforcement officers get to know each other and discover mutual goals for the communities they live in and serve.

 We plan to have refreshments, information on the new Tift County Sheriff's Office smart phone app, an information table with informational pamphlets and resource books, as well as a drop box for those that want to submit a question and to be contacted privately after the event. We will also have personnel present that are certified in child car seat installation for those that wish to have their child car seats inspected.   

 

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Tift County DFACS Hosts Meet & Greet With Local Law Enforcement

The Tift County Department of Family & Children Services hosted a meet and greet with local law enforcement agencies this morning complete with breakfast.  Our thanks for this opportunity for Sheriff's Office personnel to meet with DFACS workers one on one seeking ways to better our working relationship.

 

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Maple Court Hosts First Responder Lunch

   

Our thanks to the Maple Court Senior Care Residence for hosting a First Responder Lunch on Friday.  First Responders enjoyed chili and slaw dogs with chips and homemade cookies plus the hospitality of the staff.

  

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Sheriff's Office Participates In Job Fair & Career Expo Tuesday

Job Fair & Career Expo

     

Deputies with the Tift County Sheriff's Office took part in the Chamber of Commerce Job Fair and Career Expo this week at the Tift County Recreation Gym.  The Deputies worked with job seekers to tell them about careers in Law Enforcement.

  

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4 Arrests For Trafficking Fentanyl & Methamphetamine

  

Media Contact: SAC Eric Schwalls eric.schwalls@gbi.ga.gov 

Four Arrested for Trafficking Fentanyl & Methamphetamine after Two-Month Drug Trafficking Investigation

Tift County, GA (September 12, 2022) - On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SWRDEO) and the Tift County Sheriff's Office concluded a two-month drug trafficking investigation that resulted in the arrests of four people and the seizure of illegal drugs representing a combined value of $710,000.00. The following were arrested and charged:

·     Travarious Mike, aka "T Mike," age 27, of Tifton, Georgia - one count trafficking fentanyl

·     Makylia Wilcox, age 24, of Winder, Georgia - one count trafficking fentanyl

·     Lamar Watson, age 37, of Columbus, Georgia - one count trafficking methamphetamine

·    Courtney Gear, age 47, of Tifton, Georgia - one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

On the day of the arrests, the Crisp County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Makylia Wilcox, with passenger Travarious Mike. During the stop, the vehicle was searched and resulted in the seizure of 1.2 pounds of suspected fentanyl.  Wilcox and Mike were arrested for trafficking fentanyl and taken to the Crisp County Jail.

The Tifton Police Department stopped a vehicle being driven by Lamar Watson as it was leaving Travarious Mike's home in Tifton. A search of this vehicle resulted in the seizure of 16 pounds of suspected methamphetamine. Watson was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine and taken to the Tift County Jail. Watson is also a validated member of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang.

A search warrant was then executed at Mike's home resulting in the seizure of five firearms, suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, and suspected crack cocaine. Courtney Gear was inside Mike's home and arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A vehicle belonging to Wilcox was parked on Mike's property. The vehicle was impounded, and a search warrant was obtained. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 1.65 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 5.9 ounces of suspected heroin/fentanyl, suspected crack cocaine, and suspected counterfeit prescription pills.

Total drugs seized in this investigation is approximately 17.65 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.2 pounds of fentanyl, 5.9 ounces of heroin/fentanyl, crack cocaine, counterfeit prescription pills, and five firearms.

Additional arrests and charges are expected.

 

 

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Tift County Sheriff's Office Participates In 18th Annual Pepper Festival

18th Annual Omega Pepper Festival

 

Captain Rollins Jackson & Lt. Chris Strickland and members of our Explorers Post represented the Tift County Sheriff's Office at Omega's 18th Annual Pepper Festival on Saturday.

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Tift County Sheriff's Office Announces New Smartphone App

The Tift County Sheriff's Office Announces New Smartphone App

Tift County Sheriff, Gene Scarborough, is excited to announce the release of their new custom smartphone application. This app will serve as a new and innovative way for the Sheriff's Office to connect with Tift County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone. 

The Tift County Sheriff's Office app was developed by TheSheriffApp.com, a division of OCV, LLC which specializes in mobile app development for sheriff's offices and public safety organizations across the country. The app offers quick access to items of public interest and is easy to use. In just a few clicks, users can access features such as:

Sheriff's Welcome  BOLO  Join Our Team  Community Outreach  Inmate Search  Jail Info  Submit a Tip  Contact Us More!

"Over 80 percent of people in the United States own and use smartphones as their primary means of communication," OCV Vice President Kevin Cummings said. "Mobile apps offer agencies a better way to alert, inform and prepare the public. Apps allow public safety agencies the ability to reach and serve their citizens where they are: their smartphones."

The Tift County Sheriff's Office app now is available for free download in the App Store and Google Play by searching "Tift County Sheriff's Office, GA".

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Hometown Heroes Honored at Comfort Inn & Suites

Hometown Heroes Honored at Comfort Inn & Suites

 

Our thanks to Tifton's Comfort Inn & Suites for hosting a Hometown Heroes breakfast for first responders as part of National Waffle Day.  First responders from throughout this community enjoyed the fellowship and the meal.

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Two New Detention Officers Sworn In

Sheriff Scarbrough Swears In Two New Detention Officers

Sheriff Scarbrough swore in two new Detention Officers on Wednesday, Moesha Dorsey and Cory Hulettt.

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