Seven people have been arrested and charged with misdemeanor and felony charges following a month-long investigation into illegal alligator hunting in Warren County.
Several arrest and search warrants were executed Friday from the investigation into alligator hunting out of season, according to Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer for the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
During the execution of the warrants, substantial amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana, along with over $25,000 in cash, were seized, according to a news release. Other seizure items included firearms, vehicles, ATV’s and explosive devices.
The suspects arrested and their charges are:
• 39-year old Jason Morris of 419 Randall Road, Thomson - charged with hunting alligators out of season, hunting alligators with illegal weapons, fishing without permission, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of firearm by convicted felon, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
•29-year-old Tamara Hutchinson, 1852 East Warrenton Road, Warrenton - charged with hunting alligators out of season, hunting alligators with illegal weapons, fishing without permission, trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
• 40-year-old David Matthew Evans, 3882 Atlanta Highway, Warrenton - charged with hunting alligators out of season, and hunting alligators with illegal weapons
• 38-year-old Billy Joe Hollis of 1791 Old Milledgeville Road, Thomson - charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon and parole warrants
• 37-year-old Rebecca Hancock of 2713 Gay Circle, Dearing - charged with possession of methamphetamine and crossing guard line with drugs
• 49-year-old Jay Blair of 288 East East Wingate Drive, Martinez - charged with fishing without permission and possession of methamphetamine
•33-year-old Kenneth Wade Hadden of Harrison Drive, Thomson - charged with hunting alligators out of season, hunting alligators with illegal weapons and possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Agencies involved in the arrests were the Region III Department of Natural Resources Game Wardens from Thomson, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.