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Drug unit makes multiple arrests in two different investigations


Ramon Ortiz Submitted photo Ramon Ortiz

The Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit announces the following recent arrests:

August 15: The Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit agents conducted an investigation and surveillance at a residence on Sand Hill Church Road. After hours of surveillance and observing numerous vehicles arriving and leaving, agents converged on the home and detained Ramon Ortiz.

A subsequent search of the residence and property revealed Ortiz attempted to hide a quantity of drugs in the wood line of the property. Ortiz was arrested and faces charges for trafficking methamphetamines and possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute.

August 22: At approximately 11 a.m., the Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit and the Atkinson County Sheriff's Office arrested three individuals on drug possession and distribution charges in a joint investigation.

Agents arrived at a residence in the Heritage Hills community and made contact with Elizabeth Ann Southworth, Angelisa Jean Hurst, and Enrique Lopez. A search of the residence revealed large quantities of methamphetamine.

Hurst was transported to the Coffee County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and she now faces charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute through Atkinson County. At the time of the incident, Hurst was also out on bond awaiting trial on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance through Coffee County.

Lopez was arrested by the Atkinson County Sheriff's Office and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Southworth was also arrested by Atkinson County authorities and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

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