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SE Georgia meth distribution ring busted

14-month investigation ends with 23 people charged

Glynn, McIntosh county booking photos of those facing drug charges.
Glynn, McIntosh county booking photos of those facing drug charges.

BRUNSWICK, Fla. – A 14-month investigation by the Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team and the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office ends with 23 people arrested on drugs and weapons charges.

Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones and Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said their departments quickly recognized they needed to team up with the McIntosh County authorities to identify the people operating the multi-county illicit drug ring.

"The joint effort between the two investigative groups enabled us to go after more than just one or two dealers. We wanted to stop the entire organization," Jones said.

Both chiefs said that they appreciated the patience and support of the community with these types of investigations that takes time.

During the course of the investigation over two pounds of methamphetamine was seized. Also seized were two hits of LSD, numerous illicit pharmaceutical pills, about one ounce marijuana and two grams of heroin.

Authorities say eight firearms were also taken off the streets during the investigation.

Several people involved have been arrested, convicted and sentenced. Others are in jail on other related charges.

Those arrested on Wednesday and their charges are as follows:

  • Larry Baxley 37, Brunswick -- 3 counts of sale of methamphetamine
  • Nephi Clark, 30, Brunswick -- 1 count of sale of methamphetamine
  • John Boatright, 35, Brunswick -- possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, 2 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of LSD, possession of morphine, 2 counts of possession of Schedule III controlled substances (illicit prescription pills), possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and possession of drug-related objects
  • Amber Layton, 28, Brunswick -- 2 counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and possession of drug-related objects.
  • Stephen Harrison, 31, Brunswick -- possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects
  • Vance E. Watson Jr., 36, Brunswick -- 2 counts of sale of methamphetamine
  • Randi Beecher, 33, Brunswick -- sale of methamphetamine
  • Joshua Elsebusch, 34, Brunswick -- 2 counts of sale of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
  • Kenneth Latham 36, Brunswick -- 2 counts sale of methamphetamine
  • Richard Wolfe, 29, Brunswick -- possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and possession of drug-related objects


Those arrested and already convicted in connection with this investigation are:

  • James Hayes, 59, Brunswick -- possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
  • Bryant Todd Leggett, 44, Brunswick -- sale of methamphetamine
  • Joseph Andrews, 34, Brunswick -- sale of methamphetamine
  • Alyssa Green, 30, Hortense -- possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute


Individuals currently incarcerated now facing additional charges relating to this investigation are:

  • James Mimbs, 27, Brunswick -- currently in custody for possession of methamphetamine and probation violation has also been charged with sales of methamphetamine
  • Johnny Yeomans, 45, Brunswick -- currently in custody for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects. He has also been charged with one count of sale of methamphetamine
  • Kristopher Marr, 25, Brunswick -- currently in custody for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, probation violation. He has additionally been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and criminal attempt to possess methamphetamine
  • William Travis Roof,34, Brunswick -- currently in custody charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and probation violation. Additionally he was charged Wednesday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
  • Clifford Allen Angle, 26, Brunswick -- currently in custody charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of firearm in Commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by convicted felon. He has now also been charged with sale of methamphetamine.
  • Those arrested previously during this long term investigation, currently on bond, and awaiting trial are:
  • Thomas Franklin Brown, 39, Brunswick -- possession of Schedule II controlled substance (illicit possession of prescription pills)
  • Gabrielle LaRoche, 30, of Hortense -- possession of methamphetamine
  • Ashley Marie Collins, 27, Brunswick -- possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of Mmethamphetamine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute


Other arrests are anticipated in this investigation. Members of the Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team and the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office are continuing their cooperative work effort in both counties.