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Rincon woman caught in CNT bust
0730 Terry Higginbotham
Terry Higginbotham

GARDEN CITY — Two people, including an Effingham County woman, were arrested Friday following an undercover operation by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.

Terry Higginbotham, 43, of Garden City and Jennifer Harroll, 25, of Rincon were taken into custody after CNT agents found psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and methamphetamine at Higginbotham’s home in the 1400 block of Dean Forest Road.

According to CNT Agent Gene Harley, investigators received a tip earlier this month that Higginbotham was selling various drugs, including prescription medications, medical marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms.

“Mushrooms are something we don’t see much of here,” Harley said. “When we do, it’s typically college-age kids, but this guy seemed to have no problem getting it or distributing it.”

During their investigation, undercover CNT agents made several drug purchases from “the unsuspecting Higginbotham,” Harley said.

“This case is an excellent example of how well our agents are trained and how good they are at their jobs,” said CNT Director Everette Ragan. “These agents successfully identified a drug dealer through their undercover roles and ultimately befriended the dealer himself.”

Along with the drugs found Friday in Higginbotham’s home, Harley said, “agents retrieved items commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and evidence to suggest methamphetamine was previously manufactured at the residence.”

Higginbotham was arrested on several felony charges, including three counts of selling a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine.

Harroll was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

“He was the target of the investigation,” Harley said, “but the evidence suggests that Harroll was romantically involved with Higginbotham and was present at various parts of the investigation.”

Both were taken to the Chatham County Detention Center. Harroll posted bond but Higginbotham remains in jail, according to Harley.