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1 arrest left to make in Operation Smoke Screen

Monday, July 30, 2012 3:05 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 31, 2012 1:24 AM
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Operation Smoke Screen’s wanted list is down to one after deputies picked up another suspect Sunday.

Jamel Cooper, 23, joins more than 100 other suspects behind bars. He is being held on a grand jury arrest warrant.

“He’s been under the radar and looking over his shoulder for several months,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Vin­son.

Investigators have been whittling their list of 116 suspects since the undercover operation ended Feb. 28.

Undercover officers spent seven months operating Cheap Cigarettes II, a pawn shop that had previously operated illegally on Peach Orchard Road. Burglary suspects are accused of selling stolen merchandise to undercover officers at the store.

On the first day of arrests, deputies booked 77 suspects into the Rich­mond County jail.

Investigators continue to search for David Anthony Owens, 20. Vinson said family members have been uncooperative. Investigators were originally told Owens had left the area.

Investigators said Owens continues to maintain his Face­book account but is very careful to not give clues on his whereabouts.

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stillamazed 07/30/12 - 03:49 pm
Just when he thought it was safe

Bam, their they were to arrest him.....good job RC. Now the question is, will any of them serve any time to amount to anything in an already over crowded prison system?

JRC2024 07/31/12 - 08:32 am
Put up the big tent and bring

Put up the big tent and bring out the old ball and chain to keep them there. Imagine that, the family will not help find their thieving relative. It seems like they might be able to find the computer he is using by the IP address if Facebook would give it to them. Good job RCSD.

ladyk1 07/31/12 - 07:53 pm
No not my childhood friend

No not my childhood friend let him go he isnt a bad person I love you Boo u will be out in a little while Im praying for you

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