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Thousands of pills, guns, slot machines, and $12,000 in cash resulted from a search warrant in one Georgia county and deputies posted a sign to ensure customers knew the business was closed.

Telfair County deputies posted a sign saying: “Pill house is closed.”

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Two people were taken into custody after the search warrant was executed. Arthur Alex Sirmans, 69, of Lumber City and Bethany Dawn Thompson, 25, of Brunswick were both charged with a slew of drug charges. Sirmans faces multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute dangerous drugs, multiple counts of sale of dangerous drugs, possession of a gambling device, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. More charges may be brought after evidence is processed.

Investigators are currently assessing home security video footage and interviewing witnesses in the area.

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson took to the official Facebook page to say:

“This investigation began after concerned citizens alerted me to unusual and suspicious activity in the area of the Sirmans residence near Lumber City Ga. Our deputies patrolling the area quickly developed the necessary information that assisted sheriff’s investigators in building a rock solid case against the suspects.

This is one fine example of what a Citizen/Sheriff’s Office partnership can accomplish for our community. In this case, a suspected major supplier of dangerous prescription drugs is now out of business and if convicted, will likely spend the rest of his life in a prison cell where he will never attribute to the death or demise of another person suffering from an addiction to prescription pills.

We can be proud of those Concerned Citizens for getting involved, as well as our exceptionally hard working and determined Deputies and Investigators who worked this investigation tirelessly from start to finish.  If not for the actions taken by these private citizens and our law enforcement, untold thousands of pills would without a doubt continue flowing through this network.”

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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