One Arrested on Marijuana Charges

One person faces charges after a fly-over operation in Stephens County last week.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that last Thursday, the Mountain Judicial Circuit NCIS Team, working in conjunction with his office, the Governor’s Task Force, the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, and the Georgia State Patrol, performed helicopter flyovers throughout Stephens County.

“As a result, there was a sighting of a marijuana field in the southern end of StephensCounty in a garden spot, where they saw three marijuana plants,” said Shirley.

According to Shirley, the three marijuana plants were located at a North Holcomb Road residence in Martin.

The sheriff went on to say that immediately following that initial discovery, authorities pursued further investigation of the residence.

“The NCIS Team procured a search warrant and executed it there at the residence and as a result of that search, they seized a little more than two pounds of harvested marijuana,” said Shirley.  “It was about a $6,000 seizure all totaled.”

Shirley said digital scales, packaging materials, and pills were also found.

According to the sheriff, 48-year-old Jay Tyler Williams of Martin was arrested at the residence and transported to the Stephens County Jail.

He has been charged with one count of Manufacturing Marijuana, one count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, and one count of Possession of a Dangerous Drug.