Suspected cocaine and a pistol were seized during one of the search warrants served as part of "Operation Crackdown" Aug. 7. 

Over two dozen people were arrested Wednesday in what Butts County deputies are calling “Operation Crackdown.”

The first of several search warrants tied to the operation was served around 5 a.m. Aug. 7, according to Butts County Sheriff’s Major Jeff Nix.

Twenty-six people were arrested on a variety of charges, including drug distribution and gun charges, he said.

Operation Crackdown began several months ago, and culminated in the search and arrest warrants being served Wednesday. Nix said the investigation was centered in Jackson, targeting alleged crack cocaine sales, but led agents to other areas of Butts County as well.

The addresses targeted in the search warrants were:

♦ 358 Samuel L. Johnson Drive

♦ 216 N. Mulberry Street

♦ 477 Heard Street

♦ 450 Cherry Street

Along with the 26 arrests, Nix said agents seized three guns, 2 ounces of crack cocaine, a half-pound of marijuana and 2 grams of methamphetamine.

Agents with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration also participated.

“This investigation was targeting a criminal organization responsible for distributing crack cocaine inside the city of Jackson,” Sheriff Gary Long said in a statement. “This organization was responsible for roughly 95% of all cocaine being distributed in Butts County.”

The sheriff’s office identified those arrested in Operation Crackdown as:

♦ Steve Brown

♦ William Roscher

♦ Clifford Brooks

♦ Kim Stephens

♦ Chelse Chrisley

♦ Antonio Smith

♦ Charles Chrisley

♦ Michael Dorough

♦ Michael Petty

♦ Leslie Cunningham

♦ Bridgette Drewery

♦ Fredrick Drewery

♦ Jeffrey Stephens

♦ Christian Brown

♦ Steven Brooks

♦ Darian Berry

♦ Christopher Askins

♦ William Myles

♦ Dacia Holcombe

♦ Shelly Sisk

♦ Steven Elliott

♦ Jack Maddox

♦ Jessica Miller

“A total of six search warrants and 26 arrest warrants were executed. Three individuals remain at-large,” Long said.

“I want to personally thank my staff for their hard work on this operation, which was one of the most successful operations I have ever seen. I would like to thank Sheriff Darrell Dix and his deputies, Sheriff Donnie Pope and his deputies and United States Marshal John Cary Bittick and his deputy marshals for their assistance in bringing these criminals to justice. This is a fine example of what can be done when agencies work together for the betterment of our community. I hope anyone that decides to sell illegal narcotics in Butts County understands that we will identify, investigate and arrest you. My office nor the good citizens of this county will not tolerate anyone committing criminal acts and destroying the community we love.”

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Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.

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