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$34,000 in drugs seized in investigation after multi-county chase
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A Tuesday, March 19, 2019, car chase led authorities to a drug investigation involving nearly $35,000 in meth, marijuana and prescription drugs. - photo by For The Times

A Tuesday chase in Lumpkin County that ended in Hall County led to a drug investigation involving nearly $35,000 in meth, marijuana and prescription drugs, according to authorities.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach said a deputy tried to stop a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with four people inside for defective equipment.

“Once the deputy initiated their emergency equipment, the vehicle failed to come to a stop and the occupants could be observed conducting movements that are similar with someone hiding items under the seat,” Roach wrote in a news release.

The driver, Samantha Woody, allegedly lost control and drove the Jeep into a wooden fence on Cool Springs Road.

The three others arrested were Brandon Darrell Flanagan, Herman Mitchell Dover and John Thomas Rodgers II.

When interviewing the detainees, agents learned methamphetamine was purchased from a Dahlonega woman, Susan Rogers, 47, at her residence.

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From left, Samantha Woody, Brandon Flanagan, Herman Dover and John Rodgers II

Law enforcement searched Rogers’ home on Flanders Road and seized roughly an ounce of meth, 19 Percocet tablets and $829 in cash.

“Patsy Garrison, 57, of Dahlonega, was found to be in possession of approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine. Lisa Norton, 47, of Dahlonega arrived during the search and was found to be in possession of approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Mitchell Posey wrote in a news release.

Authorities seized another “6 ounces of methamphetamine, 2 ounces of marijuana, numerous (prescription) tablets, a handgun and $400” after searching Norton’s residence, Posey said.

Posey said the estimated street value of drugs seized was $34,760.

Virginia McGee, 45, of Dahlonega, allegedly had one gram each of meth and marijuana.

McGee and Garrison were charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Rogers was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of a schedule IV drug.

Norton was charged with trafficking meth, possession of schedule II and IV narcotics, felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.