Hartford Drug Bust

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

Hartford Police conducted it to coincide with the beginning of the six-week spring break period.

The checkpoint arrests took place just off Highway 167; Highway 167 has become a major north-south route to Panama City Beach.

Joseph Johnson of Coffee Springs was taken into custody by Hartford Police during the safety checkpoint.

Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

With a grant from Southeast Medical Center, Police Chief Greg Adams says his officers will be conducting at least three such checkpoints over the next six-weeks.

Besides Johnson, authorities also arrested Patrick Key of Bonifay and Steven Wayne King of Hartford on an assortment of drug related charges.

They were in the same vehicle. The Geneva County sheriff's deputies assisted with the safety road checkpoint, Chief Adams says he's planning to hold the checkpoints at different locations over coming weeks.

The chief went on to say his first priority to ensure the safety of motorists, and to help keep drugs off the streets.

Several other Wiregrass cities are also planning similiar safety check points due to the grant money administered by Southeast Medical Center.

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