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2 Arrested on Drug Charges

      Jamy Hamblin                    John Kress


Two people were arrested Wednesday by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers as the result of an investigation and subsequent traffic stop.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. detectives stopped a Chevy Suburban driven by Jamy Hamblin, 30, of Pittsburg, near the intersection of Maple and East Avenue in Columbus.

Investigators had been monitoring Hamblin’s recent purchases and attempted purchases of pseudoephedrine at area stores. Psuedoephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Also in the vehicle was 37 year-old, John Kress, of Columbus.

Kress’ recent psuedoephedrine purchases had also been monitored by law enforcement officers.

During the course of the stop, investigators established probable cause to search the vehicle.

That search lead to the discovery of multiple packages of pseudoephedrine, which was allegedly being obtained for the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Both Kress and Hamblin were placed under arrest and are being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond on allegations of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possession of Ephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Met.hamphetamine.

Hamblin also faces an additional allegation of possessing marijuana.

Formal charges are expected to be filed in Cherokee County District Court this week.

The Columbus Police Department assisted with the traffic stop

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