• 43°

Drug, weapons charges

Polk County makes separate arrests this week for drugs and weapons

POLK COUNTY—This was a busy week for Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
After a traffic stop in the Green Creek community Benjamin Byars, 42, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The ATF is assisting in this investigation and further charges may be forthcoming.
After the execution of a search warrant in the Green Creek community Austin Barnes, 23, was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The ATF is assisting in this investigation and further charges may be forthcoming.
After a vehicle pursuit that began in the Mill Spring community and ended in Campobello, S.C. Michael McGraw, 38, has been charged with Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest. McGraw also faces charges in South Carolina.
After the execution of a search warrant in the Land of Lakes community, Jason Jackson, 39, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possessing methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of controlled substances. Lauren Partlow, 41, was also charged with two counts of possessing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance, and possessing counterfeit currency.
An additional search warrant was executed in the Mill Spring community leading to the recovery of stolen property, however the offenders in that matter are juveniles and no further information can be released regarding the matter.
In addition to these matters our Investigators continue to work each day with the surrounding counties, the ATF, Homeland Security (HSI), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in tracking criminal enterprises back to their sources.
“Some weeks things come together all at once, and this was one of those weeks. Our Investigators work around the clock in our county and with surrounding counties in tracking down offenders and bringing them before the courts. I’m proud of, and the citizens should be proud of, the hard work their Deputies put in day in and day out on these cases, often dealing with repeat offenders.” – Sheriff Tim Wright
—from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page