Flowery Branch Police Chief David Spillers released a statement through his divorce attorney days after his wife was charged with possession of heroin.
Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad executed a search warrant Nov. 6 at a home on the 2000 block of Ridgeway Drive in Gainesville.
Officers found 20 grams of heroin in multiple bags, 5 grams of meth and four alprazolam pills.
In addition to $3,000 in cash, officers also seized two pistols, digital scales, ledgers, drug paraphernalia and “numerous syringes,” according to MANS Lt. Don Scalia.
Scalia declined to comment beyond his original news release on the case when contacted by The Times.
Samantha Sheri Spillers, 51, of Lula, was charged with possession of heroin.
David Spillers released a statement through his divorce attorney, Lucy Henry:
“The regretful circumstances of my wife’s arrests are very painful for me and for my entire family. Addiction of any type is life altering and in many instances it is fatal. It is devastating not only for the addict but for all their families and friends. It is a disease that (affects) countless families and despite the war on opiates, judgments against manufacturers, and the arrests of a neverending list of drug dealers, shows no sign of ending. My heartfelt thanks to those who have contacted my family and I to express their empathy and my thanks to those officers who go to war every day against drugs.”
According to the Hall County court database, the complaint for divorce was filed June 5.
“We’ve known about the situation. David’s been keeping me abreast of the various issues with his wife for some time. We haven’t felt during that time and up until now that it has affected his ability to be effective as chief and to do his job. That’s where we stand right now,” Flowery Branch city manager Bill Andrew said Thursday, Nov. 14.
No attorney was listed for Samantha Spillers with Hall County Magistrate Court Thursday, Nov. 14, and she is still in the Hall County Jail.
Two others were arrested following the Ridgeway Drive search.
The approximate street value of the drugs seized was $6,500.
Alprazolam is often seen as the drug Xanax.