GREENVILLE — The Meriwether County Sheriffs Office announced Monday it made multiple arrests within the past two weeks with surrounding agencies during joint undercover operations.
Sheriff Chuck Smith said on Wednesday, investigators entered the home of Jessie Lee Anders, 60, in the 700 block Primrose Road in Greenville.
According to Smith, investigators were working off a tip given to the Department of Community Supervision that said Anders reportedly possessed illegal drugs and he was possibly making some type of explosive device.
Smith said at the time teams of agents executed a search on Anders home, his reported girlfriend, identified as Lisa Darlene Newell, 55, entered the residence and allegedly attempted to hide a bag of marijuana.
A subsequent search of the residence led to the discovery of 31.5 grams of marijuana, 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, five firearms, two containers of smokeless powder, one container of rifle powder, one box of pistol primers and numerous drug paraphernalia, Smith stated.
Anders was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Smith said Anders’ bond totaled more than $42,000.
Newell was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and tampering with evidence.
Newell’s bond was more than $20,000, stated Sheriff Smith.
The couple are still in the Meriwether County Jail.
Smith said the operation was a joint effort between Meriwether County Sheriff’s investigators, DCS, Upson County Multi-jurisdictional Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations including their Special Operations Bomb Detection Unit.
Deputies catch Troup County escapee
Meriwether County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance in the 2600 block of Luthersville Road in Luthersville on Nov. 22 discovered a felon escapee from Troup County.
Smith said when deputies arrived at the home, they learned the person causing the dispute was Jeremy Steven Bartlett, 28.
According to Smith, Bartlett was a part of the Troup County Work Release Program and had been on the run since June 9 after failing to return to the facility.
Smith stated Bartlett had already fled into a wooded area before deputies arrived.
Deputies set up a perimeter and had a K9 unit on the way when patrol units apprehended Bartlett underneath a porch at the rear of the residence, Smith said.
Bartlett was arrested for the outstanding felony escape warrant and was turned over to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the county line.
Man reportedly assaults two victims
A Meriwether County man was arrested after reportedly assaulting two people at a residence in the first block of Waddell Lane on Nov. 21.
Smith said investigators determined Clint Olin Fowler, 43, of Owens Road, Woodbury, got into a physical altercation with a female victim and allegedly shoved her into a glass door.
According to Smith, when a male subject tried to intervene, Fowler retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle and reportedly pointed the weapon at the male and chased him around the yard.
Smith said Fowler then placed the gun back inside his vehicle and allegedly began to fight the male victim, striking him in the face with his fist.
By the time deputies arrived at the home, Fowler had fled the scene, Smith stated.
He was quickly captured the next day near his home on Owens Road, according to a press release.
Fowler was charged with aggravated assault, battery and simple battery under the Family Violence Act.
He was transported to the Meriwether County Jail.
Deputies help nab alleged Harris County burglar
Meriwether County sheriff’s investigators, along with law enforcement officers from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate and arrest a suspected burglar as he arrived at his home in the first block of River Road on Nov. 17.
Sheriff Smith said both agencies arrived at the residence just as Matthew Wade Grantham, 38, was exiting his vehicle.
Smith stated Grantham then attempted to throw an item – later found to be suspected marijuana – back inside his car.
After obtaining a search warrant for Grantham’s house, investigators from both agencies discovered stolen property that came from the burglary within their jurisdiction, plus illegal drugs.
Grantham was charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of xanax pills and possession of methamphetamine.
Smith said there was also a female inside the home who was identified as Stacha Odette Chambers, 44, of Boulevard Street, LaGrange.
Chambers was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of oxycodone.
Both Grantham and Chambers were transported to the Meriwether County Jail.
Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.