UPDATE, (Sept. 5, 10:15 a.m.): Jasper County Sheriff's Office Tactical Squad executed a search warrant on Hughes Road in Newborn Aug. 25. The warrant was part of a long-term investigation with Morgan and Putnam Counties.
At the Jasper County location, Angela Lynn Gatica and Emilio Nava Vazquez were arrested on felony drug and weapons charges. They are both charged with sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule I with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.
NEWBORN, Ga. - Three men were arrested at a Newborn address in Morgan County after a month-long joint undercover drug investigation by an ad hoc task force comprised of investigators from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
MCSO Captain Christopher Bish said an ad hoc task force is not a formalized task force, but the three departments just pulled their resources to work together last minute after receiving information about the drug activity.
The undercover investigation culminated in the execution of two search warrants, one in Morgan County and the other in Jasper County, that resulted in the arrest of five individuals total. Investigators also recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, $2,600 in U.S. currency and assorted firearms, according to a news release from MCSO.
Jose Torres Hernandez, Jorge Dela Trinidad and Gerardo Martinez were arrested by MCSO at 1550 Farrar Road, Newborn, and charged with violations of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act as well as firearms violations and are being held in Morgan County without bond.
The other two individuals were arrested and charged in Jasper County. The Covington News has submitted an open records request to JCSO for information on those arrests.
Bish said 1550 Farrar Road is a Newborn address, but it is the very last house on Farrar Road in Morgan County. It is adjacent to the Jasper County line.
Bish said the investigation is ongoing.
The Covington News will continue to update this report as more information becomes available.