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Multi-agency investigation leads to big drug bust near Nicholls

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A Coffee County woman has been charged with drug trafficking following a multi-agency investigation that led to the discovery of approximately four pounds of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSI) informed the Douglas Coffee Drug Unit (DCDU), along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeast Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO), last week that they had intercepted information and evidence indicating several pounds of methamphetamine were being shipped to Coffee County from the West Coast.  The three entities met and initiated a joint investigation into the methamphetamine trafficking allegation.

Between March 9 and March 14, elements of the DCDU and the SRDEO surveilled a residence on Jim Meeks Road, east of Nicholls, Georgia, to which the package was addressed.  Subsequent to the investigation, a search warrant was issued for the residence in question. 

Around 3:30 p.m., March 14, a parcel delivery company delivered the package to the residence, where it was accepted without question. Immediately thereafter, agents from HSI, the GBI-SRDEO, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the DCDU executed the search warrant.

Agents seized approximately four pounds of methamphetamine, approximately five pounds of marijuana, several bottles of suspected steroids, six firearms (to include an assault rifle), and an amount of cash from the residence.

As a result of the investigation, 44-year-old Belinda Medders of Nicholls was arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and trafficking methamphetamine. 

Arrest warrants have also been issued for Medders’ son, 25-year-old Stacy Medders, who resided at the residence, but was not present at the time of the warrant execution.

Stacy Medders is actively being sought by the DCDU. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact the DCDU at (912) 384-4227 or their nearest law enforcement agency. The investigation is ongoing as of the date of this release.

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