Over the past few months local agencies have been cracking down on the drug traffic and the 15th Judicial Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the Lafayette Police Department, began making arrests on Wednesday, November 2nd, to round up 17 subjects who had been indicted for various drugs charges from simple possession to manufacture of methamphetamine.According to Chief Ray Amalfitano, thirteen have been picked up, one lives out of state, one resides in Murfreesboro and two other suspects are in jail in another county.
“The Lafayette Police Department was used as headquarters,” stated Chief Amalfitano, “and once the subjects and the evidence was processed, they were transported to the Macon County Jail by my officers as well as deputies from the Macon County Sheriffs Department.”
“This was a joint effort to send a message,” continued the Chief, “that we do not want these drugs dealers in our city of county. We are going to take every measure necessary to make their lives miserable. I have to get up every morning and go to work, and they can too. If they continue to sell, push or use their drugs we will be picking them up again and taking everything they have got, within our legal means. They can stay away from our children and the elderly, because I don’t want their kind in our community.”
“I would like to thank all the officers for their hard work and dedication. These individuals are truly well trained professionals, taking time away from their family and
friends to bring these drug dealers to justice.”
Those picked up and arrested included:
Jackie Eugene Smith, 33, of 701 Freeman Street, Lafayette, was charged with schedule I and II drug violations. Bond was set at $3,000 and the Criminal Court is set for Nov. 22.
Corey Allen Dycus, 21, of 845 Hwy. 52 By Pass East, Lafayette, was charged with simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $500 and General Sessions and Criminal Court dates are set for Nov. 22.
Darrell Eugene Graves, 41, of 605 Elm Street, Lafayette, was charged with schedule III and drug violations and bond was set at $750. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 22.
Anthony Ray Beasley, 32, of Broadway St., Hartsville, was charged with schedule IV drug violations. Bond was set at $1,000 and the General Sessions Court date is Nov. 22.
Chad Osim Carter, 25, of 231 Market St., RBS, was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, two counts of schedule II drug violations, child abuse, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 with a General Sessions court date scheduled for Nov. 22.
Reba Ann Thaxton, 75, of 205 Church Street, Lafayette, was charged with two counts of manufacturing narcotics and fraud (forged prescription). Bond was set at $1,500 and the General Sessions court date is Nov. 22.
Megan Nicole Gammons, 19, of 85 Dorothy Lane, Hartsville, was charged with simple possession, with bond set at $200. General Sessions court date is scheduled for Nov. 22.
Tina Renea Bates, 42, of 605 Elm St., Lafayette, was charged with two counts of manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $1,500. The Criminal Court is scheduled for Nov. 22.
Mary Lou Tinsley, 48, of 701 Freeman St., Lafayette, was charged with schedule III violations and two counts of schedule IV violations. Bond was set at $2,500 and her Criminal Court date is Nov. 22.
Rachel Williams, 29, of 1440 Akersville Road, Lafayette, was charged with schedule III drug violations. Bond was set at $1,500 with a General Sessions court date set for Nov. 23.
Johnny Dewayne Stafford, 36, of 5278 New Harmony Road, in Hartsville, was charged with schedule III drug violations. Bond was set at $500 and a Criminal Court date is scheduled for Nov. 28.