20 pounds of pot confiscated in arrest of Sheriff Clay Whittle's nephews

About 20 pounds in marijuana was confiscated Friday when three men – including two of Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle’s nephews – were pulled over by Richmond County deputies on Interstate 20.

The vehicle was pulled over Friday evening near Bobby Jones Expressway, where deputies discovered the drugs.

Kenneth Adam Whittle, 25, of Augusta; Walter Taylor Hensley, 24, of Beaufort, S.C.; and James Derek Hurt, 26, of Augusta, were booked into the Richmond County jail on felony counts of trafficking marijuana. They were being held without bond.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris confirmed that Whittle and Hensley are related to the sheriff.

Sheriff's nephews arrested on trafficking charges

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