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Guyton police conducts third drug sweep
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Guyton Police Chief Randy Alexander
Guyton’s police department showed its muscle as officers conducted a third drug counter operation April 13.
Though unable to give much detail without compromising the department’s ability to do its work, police Chief Randy Alexander said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol and the Chatham County K-9 unit joined forces with the local police to handle the bust.
“I think it was a show of force,” he said, adding that the operation makes criminals aware that the small town can pull in bigger forces to combat crime.
Between 4 p.m. and midnight on Friday, officers completed their surveillance and led the bust.
Three individuals were arrested. Their charges included possession of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. One of the suspects was not charged with any drug violations. However, he was arrested for a suspended license. Officers also discovered that he was wanted by another agency.
Crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and prescription medication were found at the residence.
Alexander said that the operation showed criminals in the small town that the department can gather the resources to do these types of operations.
“I think that it gave them a shock,” he said.  
Since the bust, the department has been showered with praise from the community.
And asked if traffic in the area has slowed, Alexander responded, “Oh, yes. Considerably.”
The police chief wouldn’t say exactly where the neighborhood is located. However, he did say it is a well-known area with a lot of traffic. In addition, it garners the most complaints.
“This is one area we’ve been looking at for some time,” he said.
Information provided by Guyton residents led to the surveillance. Without them, the officers could not have built up the evidence against the suspects, according to Alexander.
He encourages residents to come forward with information about criminal activity as these residents did.
“These operations will continue,” he added.