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March 6, 2014

Two arrested in meth bust

Two men from outside the area face trafficking in meth and other charges after the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit learned a delivery of a large amount of meth was set for Tunnel Hill.

According to a press release from Sheriff Scott Chitwood, the sheriff’s office learned of the expected delivery on Wednesday by Thomas Pickle Jr., 38, of LaFayette. The sheriff’s office and the Georgia State Patrol set up surveillance at about 4:30 p.m. and saw Pickle in a truck driven by James Sexton, 49, of Chattanooga. When officers tried to stop the truck, the truck left the area “at a high rate of speed,” the sheriff said.

Officers chased the truck on Highway 201 from Tunnel Hill to Varnell. The sheriff said Pickle was seen throwing objects out of the window during the chase. The Georgia State Patrol performed a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver on the truck in Varnell, ending the chase.

Chitwood said Pickle “struck” one of the state patrol officers in the face as the officers went to arrest him. Both men were eventually arrested.

The sheriff said the items thrown out the window by Pickle were recovered and included approximately one-fourth of a pound of meth and several types of prescription pills. Recovered from the two men were $1,436 in cash and scales.

Pickle was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer, trafficking in meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of meth and possession of diazepam, alprazolam and phendimetrazine tartrate.

Sexton was charged with trafficking in meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of meth and possession of diazepam, alprazolam and phendimetrazine tartrate. He was also charged with numerous traffic violations.     


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