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TIFTON -- Three of 48 people arrested in Cook County on felony drug charges Wednesday morning pleaded guilty and were sentenced in superior court just hours later.

Undercover agents with the South Georgia Drug Task Force began making street-level drug buys in the area in July.

Capt. Colin Millison of the Cook County Sheriff's Department (CCSD) said officers with his department, the Adel Police Department, Georgia State Patrol troopers and GBI agents assisted in the investigation and arrests.

"We break up into teams and begin serving the warrants," Millison said. "If they want to sell drugs in Cook County, we will be glad to put them out of business. We have plenty of room."

Cook County recently built a new jail on County Farm Road.

Most of the arrests were for selling cocaine or marijuana. One was for sale of methamphetamines.

Cook County Sheriff Charles Bryant said the door-to-door arrests began at 5 a.m. Wednesday. More arrests are expected. Agents have 20 more warrants to serve.

Millison said agents were unable to locate some of the suspects, but have received leads. Agents have also communicated with law enforcement officials in Tift and Irwin counties in an effort to locate the suspects.

Verdette Henley, James Wesley Pickett and Andy Meeler pleaded guilty in Cook Superior Court and Alapaha Judicial Circuit Senior Judge W.D. Knight sentenced the three men.

Henley, who was charged with two counts of selling cocaine, was sentenced to two 10-year concurrent terms in prison. He will serve two of those years in prison and the remaining eight years of the sentence on probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Pickett, who was charged with two counts of selling cocaine, was sentenced to serve two 10-year concurrent terms. He will serve the 10 years on probation. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Meeler, who was charged with sale of methamphetamine, was sentenced to serve a 10-year sentence on probation and pay a $750 fine.

The complete list of those arrested and being booked at the Cook County Jail Wednesday was not available before press time.



To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.



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