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Drug bust catches one of Coweta's biggest meth suppliers says sheriff

By buseman, Jun 16, 2010 | |
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    Coweta drug investigators have arrested one of the county's bigger suppliers of methamphetamine, according to Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager.

    Michael Garfield Winkles, 50, was arrested Friday just as he was leaving his home at 1488 Boone Road, according to Investigator Victor McPhie of the Newnan-Coweta Crime Suppression Unit's Narcotics Task Force.

    [Winkles] has been in and out of prison and trouble, said Yeager. He keeps popping back up on our radar.

    The Narcotics Task Force began investigating Winkles after receiving numerous complaints that he was, once again, selling drugs locally, according to McPhie.

    On Friday at approximately 2 p.m., members of the CSU traveled to his residence to serve an arrest warrant for sale of meth and to execute a search warrant on the residence.

    Police obtained the arrest warrant after a confidential informant purchased meth from Winkles in recent weeks, according to Investigator Edwin Rivera.

    The sheriff's office waited for Winkles to leave the property before detaining him in a traffic stop. Authorities executed the search warrant and found drugs, weapons and cash.

    They found a total of more than five ounces of meth, which has an estimated street value of approximately $6,000, according to McPhie.

    Authorities also seized five pounds, or around $5,000 worth, of marijuana. Winkles also had possible black tar heroine, according to Yeager.

    Also inside Winkles' residence were a sawed-off shotgun, several mason jars of untaxed liquor, or moonshine, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, military ammunition -- including .22 mm and .20 mm rounds -- and several hundred dollars in cash.

    Winkles' brother, Randall, 51, was in the front yard of the Boone Drive residence when police arrived to execute the search warrant. Randall Winkles claimed possession of meth that was found near him in the yard, according to McPhie.

    Michael Winkles is charged with trafficking meth, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving a stolen trailer. His brother is charged with possession of meth. Other charges are pending in the case, according to McPhie.

    The CSU knocked out one of our largest dope dealers in the county, said the sheriff. I'm proud of this unit. They're continuing to develop information. They're going after not only the street dealers, but major dealers, too.

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    BY ELIZABETH RICHARDSON
    http://www.times-herald.com/local/D...s-biggest-meth-suppliers-says-sheriff-1171535

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