A man accused of selling drugs in Porterdale was arrested Saturday, due to the efforts of the city’s newly-formed Porterdale Drug Enforcement Team.
After allegedly making sales of prescription drugs to undercover officers on several different occasions, 57-year-old Raymond Hadaway was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of Schedule I and II drugs.
According to PPD Chief Wayne Digby, Hadaway is known to the police department and has been arrested previously on drug charges, most recently 18 months ago.
The PDET has made several arrests since its inception in January, and according to Digby, there will be many more.
"We intend to make a difference in the quality of life for Porterdale residents and will do so by arrest and seizure of any and all properties that belong to drug dealers," he said.
In the last two years the PPD has added a K-9 Unit, an investigator who handles child molestations and is on the Alcovy Judicial Circuit’s forensic investigation of child abuse team, has an expert in marijuana and the ability to test drugs locally. They also have the added ability to check criminal and driver history, relieving the Newton County Sheriff’s Office of that burden, according to a press release.
"With the support of the city council we are truly making this a good place to live and a safe one for our citizens," said Digby. "All citizen input, remarks and questions are welcome at this department and we will listen and use all information to accomplish these goals."