Man wanted on outstanding warrants arrested at local motel

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Apr. 20—A 40-year-old Baldwin County man was arrested at a local motel last week on criminal warrants, authorities say.

The man was identified as Gregory V. Sanford Jr., of the 200 block of Emily Circle, Milledgeville, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sgt. Jerome Roberts.

Sanford Jr. was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.

He also was served with outstanding warrants for probation violation and failure to appear in court for aggravated stalking.

After Sanford Jr. was arrested, he was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.

Roberts said he received information from a dispatcher that came from a telephone tip that Sanford Jr. was in a room at the Super Inn Motel, and might be in the possession of illegal drugs.

While en route to the motel, Roberts said he learned that Sanford Jr. was also wanted on outstanding criminal warrants.

The deputy said he got in touch with Georgia Department of Community Supervision Officer Fred Hurt about searching the motel room. Sanford Jr. had signed a Fourth Amendment waiver for his room or residence to be searched at any time by law enforcement officers.

Roberts said he later was joined at the motel by Deputy Sgt. Brandon Towe, who knocked on the suspect's motel room door.

"I was able to see Sanford through a crack in the room curtains, who approached the door and asked who was it," Roberts said in his report. "Once I informed him who I was, he walked away from the door. "

A woman later opened the door, Roberts said. Once the door was opened, the deputy said he saw Sanford coming out of the bathroom.

Roberts said he informed Sanford Jr. that he was under arrest on outstanding warrants.

Other people were inside the room at the time, and deputies identified each of them.

"Inside the bathroom was a towel nailed to the wall," Roberts said. "Once I moved that towel, I observed a hole in the wall. I stuck my flashlight in the hole and observed a small black bag. I then walked out of the bathroom and opened the bag on the dresser."

Inside the bag was a plastic bag that contained suspected cocaine, as well as two plastic bags that contained suspected methamphetamine, the deputy said.

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