Sheriff's nephews arrested on trafficking charges

Three men – including two relatives of Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle – were arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday and remained in the Richmond County jail Sunday afternoon.

Kenneth Adam Whittle, 25, of Augusta; Walter Taylor Hensley, 24, of Beaufort, S.C.; and James Derek Hurt, 26, of Augusta, are being held without bond on felony counts of trafficking marijuana, according to jail records.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris confirmed Whittle and Hensley are nephews of the sheriff.

According to jail records, the men were stopped on Interstate 20 near Bobby Jones Expressway on Friday morning. Other details, such as the quantity or nature of any drugs found during the arrests, were not immediately made public.




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