A White County Sheriff’s Office deputy investigating what he believed to be a burglarized storage unit instead found 8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside, according to authorities.
The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office said the deputy was completing a routine security check Friday, May 18, at a storage facility inside the county.
“The deputy noticed a storage unit door was open and feared it had been burglarized. He investigated further and found the illegal narcotics,” according to the drug enforcement office.
The drug enforcement office came to assist, and additional searches were executed at that storage unit and a neighboring unit.
The deputy also found a stolen handgun in the original unit, and $12,000 was found in the neighboring unit.
The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $395,000.
Authorities also searched a Driskell Road residence in Cleveland and arrested Jason Scott Hawkins, 43. He was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and transported to the White County Detention Center.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mitchell Posey said Hawkins is the suspected renter of the storage units.
The drug enforcement office said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.