Operation Early Christmas was was recently conducted in an effort to prevent criminal activity, as well as promote driver safety, within the City of Milledgeville. Detectives organized and planned the two-phase operation for the Milledgeville Police Department.
Phase one began Thursday at 2 p.m. Members from the MPD, Ocmulgee Drug Task Force and State Probation began Operation Early Christmas.
The afternoon started with an arrest warrant served on N. Clarke Street. Probation officers apprehended Jeffrey Furlow, after he attempted to flee on foot.
Furlow has been charged with burglary and two counts of obstruction of officers. More burglary charges are expected pending identification of items seized during his arrest. Several items relating to recent burglaries and entering auto cases were collected, according to police.
A second team of officers served a search warrant on N. Liberty Street. Ali Roberson was arrested on an outstanding warrant and also faces charges relating to burglaries throughout the city.
Several items were collected from Roberson's address and placed into evidence.
The second phase of Operation Early Christmas began around 6 p.m. involving a culmination of a multi-agency effort. The purpose of this phase was to identify impaired drivers, seatbelt violations, and to ensure all motorists were adhering to all traffic rules.
A total of six safety check points were placed in key areas throughout Milledgeville.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, leading to the arrest of the driver. The driver was found to be in possession of 35 individual bags of marijuana, which were seized along with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.
During one of the safety checkpoints, a vehicle fled the scene, almost striking three officers. An officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at which time the driver fled on foot.
The passenger was subsequently taken into custody after hiding inside the vehicle and giving several false names.
The driver was identified after further investigation. Several charges were secured for the arrest of the driver.
Police Chief Dray Swicord and his command staff received assistance with Operation Early Christmas from the Georgia State Patrol (Milledgeville and Madison Post), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia College Police Department, Georgia State Probation, Georgia Bureau Of Investigations, MPD (Patrol and Investigation Divisions) and the District Attorney's Office.
Several items suspected to be from the various burglaries and entering autos have been recovered. Anyone that has property stolen can contact the following detectives to find out more information: (478) 414-4079, (478) 414-4065 or 414-4073.
Operation Early Christmas arrest break down:
MPD, GC, DNR Citations:
• DUI 1
• Seatbelt Violations 1
• Child Restraint Violations 8
• No Insurance 1
• Suspended License 3
• Drug Arrest 2
• Other 8
• State Warrants 2
Georgia State Patrol:
• DUI 2
• Warnings 8
• Other Citations 1
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