Cherokee County authorites make multiple drug-related arrests

- The Cherokee County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad posted on Facebook that they made several drug-related arrests in two separate situations on Monday.

The first situation occurred on Holly Creek Way in Woodstock. A suspicious vehicle report led to Cherokee County Sheriff Deputies finding a man passed out in a vehicle. 

Deputies woke up 29-year-old Kelley Shiflett, and also talked with the driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Katie Keais, who had gone inside of the residence. 

Police say Keais agreed to a search of the vehicle, which yielded a revolver and a partially smoked marijuana cigarette.

CMANS agents were contacted and responded to the scene to assist the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. Once on scene, CMANS agents learned that the occupants of the vehicle may have come to the residence to purchase drugs from 64-year-old Ricky Gordon Coggins, according to the Facebook post.

CMANS agents talked with Coggins, and got consent to search the residence. During the search, agents located approximately 24.7 grams of meth inside of the residence, as well as two Morphine pills, and six Alprazolam pills, according to police. An additional 3.7 grams of meth was located in the pocket of Mr. Shiflett, the post says.

Ultimately, Coggins was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II drug (Morphine) and possession of a schedule IV drug (Alprazolam). Shiflett was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of meth and possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. Keais was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.

That same day, CMANS agents were staking out a residence where they thought that Michael Lindsey Howell might be living. Agents knew that Howell was wanted on warrants from Cherokee County and other places around the Southeast, according to the Facebook post.

When Howell was seen leaving the home CMANS Agents got help to execute a traffic stop near Sixes Road and I-575. Once Howell was in handcuffs, a search of his truck resulted in finding over a pound of Methamphetamine concealed in the false bottom of a propane tank, police say.

Police say the net result for the day was over a pound of methamphetamine off the street, a gun off the street, and four folks facing serious drug charges.

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