Over two dozen officers from several agencies arrested 14 people across Hardin County Wednesday morning on various drug and other charges in Operation Trick-or-Treat.
Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander said 25 officers from the Sheriff’s Department, 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service, Savannah Police Department and the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force participated in the operation, and several arrest warrants remain to be served.
The arrest sweep began at 8 a.m. The arrest warrants are the result an evidence gathering operation over six to eight months, with controlled drug buys by the 24th DTF and SPD, officials said.
Several of those arrested have been charged on child endangerment charges as well, as officers recorded children in the vicinity of drug buys and drug usage. Many of those children eventually test positive for meth or other drugs, which is particularly concerning, Alexander said.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, those arrested today in Operation Trick-or-Treat are:
•Rhonda Hill – possession of meth with intent in a drug-free zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, aggravated child endangerment and neglect.
•Audrey Finley – aggravated child endangerment and neglect.
Hill and Finley were arrested in a home they are said to share on Vine Street, following the execution of a search warrant where officers recovered over 50 pills believed to be Tizanidine, a muscle relaxant and classified as a legend drug, and about 2 grams of meth. Officers also recovered a .410 gauge shotgun, a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, several cell phones, several glass pipes, and over $300 in assorted bills. The 9mm and .380 were both fully loaded, and the .380 had a bullet in the chamber, ready to fire, Alexander said.
•Lucas Glover – sale of meth in a drug-free zone, sale of meth.
•Cathy Owens – sale of meth in a drug-free zone, sale of meth.
•Melissa Lawson – possession of with intent; possession of drug paraphernalia; conspiracy to manufacture, deliver, sell or possess meth.
•Regina Bearden – sale of meth.
•Robin Bingham – two counts of sale of meth in a drug-free zone.
• Jesse Killingsworth – sale of meth in a drug-free zone.
• Jeffrey Koonce – child support violation.
•Christopher Clark – violation of General Sessions Court probation, violation of state probation.
•Bonnie Sue Cox – conspiracy to manufacture, deliver, sell or possess meth; sale of meth.
• Mardi Morgan – sale meth, possession of meth with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Alison Todd – sale of meth, possession of meth with intent.
• April Parrot – sale of meth.