FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Friday, March 5th, 2021
Methamphetamine Trafficking Investigation in Fairmount Results in Arrest and Seizure of Large Amount of Drugs
Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:
At the beginning of March (2021) Sheriff’s detectives initiated an investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in Fairmount. A number of leads were followed and information from multiple sources was developed. At about 4p m. yesterday (March 4), Sheriff’s detectives and parole officers from the Georgia Department of Community Supervision descended on a private residence on College Street in Fairmount that the investigating officers believed to be at the center of the methamphetamine trafficking case. A drug-sniffing canine (‘K9’) from the Sheriff’s Office was utilized in a search of the home and surrounding yard. The K-9 located a large amount of methamphetamine hidden in a hollow tree in the back yard. Additional drugs were found inside the home. The resident, subsequently identified as one Jason Matthews, age 46, of 998 College Street in Fairmount, was arrested without incident. He was out of custody on parole from a previous methamphetamine trafficking conviction until 2045. He was lodged in the county jail charged with Trafficking and Distribution of Methamphetamine, and other drug-related offenses. Matthews has several past offenses and convictions related to the distribution of methamphetamine.