Former Sheriff’s deputy accused of drug evidence theft indicted


Goettel is believed to have taken oxycodone and morphine, in solid and liquid form, from the evidence locker in the sheriff's office for his "own use" Aug 16, 2017 A jury has formally indicted a former Cherokee County Sheriff's deputy for allegedly stealing narcotics from the evidence room he was in charge of. Jeffrey Lee Goettel, 42, of Jasper was...
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Drug called furanyl fentanyl is so potent you can die from touching it, Georgia authorities say


The drug is so potent, it can cause a fatal overdose just through skin absorption. May 4, 2017 ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a drug is so dangerous, if someone touches it they could die. Numbers just released show a drug called furanyl fentanyl, which the Drug Enforcement Administration website calls a synthetic opioid, caused ...
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Sheriff ‘deeply saddened and angry’ by arrest of evidence custodian in theft case


GBI investigation that uncovered missing money and drug evidence Enter Article DATE HERE When Jasper County Sheriff Donnie Pope hired Michael Barrett about three years ago, the U.S. Navy veteran already had law enforcement experience. Until late last month, Barrett, 39, was an investigator and evidence custodian for Pope's office in Monticello...
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DeKalb Police officer charged with theft, tampering with evidence


"It's very upsetting to me when an officer crosses that line," March 6, 2017 TUCKER, Ga. – A DeKalb County Police officer is behind bars after being charged with several crimes related to an incident over the weekend. According to the DeKalb County Police Department, officer Ajamia Guyton has been charged with theft by taking, tampering with eviden...
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Once-shelved evidence of child sexual assaults yields DNA hits


Evidence from at least 14 sexual assault kits long stored at Atlanta hospitals for children — and in some cases forgotten — matched DNA samples collected from convicted criminals and stored in a national data base. November 29, 2016 Evidence from at least 14 sexual assault kits long stored at Atlanta hospitals for children — and in some cases forgo...
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Theft of drugs linked to evidence custodian


Nawolski pleaded guilty to charges of felony possession of hydrocodone, forgery, and theft by taking of oxycodone. November 16, 2016 VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A person who controlled evidence at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Crime Lab is charged with taking drugs from the facility. The discrepancy was discovered during an internal audit at the e...
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GBI receives thousands of untested rape kits


The GBI reports receiving 541 kits in July and 1,994 kits in August, from both older and more recent cases. That's in addition to more than 3,000 active cases the crime lab was already processing, according to GBI August 1, 2016 DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - The deadline has passed for untested sexual assault kits to be submitted to the Geo...
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Deputy allegedly stole drugs from evidence room


"It appears that these drugs were taken for personal use," he said Enter Article DATE HERE A veteran Cherokee County sheriff's deputy was arrested Saturday after he confessed to stealing drugs from the evidence room, authorities said. Jeffrey Goettel, 41, of Jasper, was charged with violation of oath of office, possession of a schedule II narc...
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