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Deputies, marshals collect four people in sex offender sweep
Cory Deron Garvin

A check of Effingham County’s registered sex offenders led to four arrests on Thursday.

In a collaborative effort by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies, compliance checks were conducted on 83 sex offenders in the county.

“We just want to make sure they are abiding by the laws, don’t have any contraband and are living where they are supposed to be living,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

Four people were arrested on various charges:

Jason Lyle Brown, 32 — parole violation and living at an unregistered address;

Cory Deron Garvin, 35 — probation violation, possession of drugs and possession with the intent to distribute;

Tony Monroe Gordon Jr., 28 — probation violation and possession of alcohol;

Shakeia Tenell Green, 34 — failure to register as a sex offender in Brooks County and failure to appear in Effingham County.

“Several bags of individually-packaged marijuana were seized from (Garvin’s) residence,” according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Brown was not living at the address in Effingham where he was registered, Ehsanipoor said. Officers tracked him down in Chatham County by checking the data from his ankle monitor.

“We definitely consider it a success that only four of the 83 offenders were in violation,“ Ehsanipoor said.

Along with Thursday’s sweep involving 28 local, state and federal law enforcement officers, the ECSO conducts random checks throughout the year. A deputy is devoted full-time to keeping track of the county’s sex offenders, Ehsanipoor said.