SAVANNAH, GA. (January 22, 2014): West Chatham Precinct officers today charged the owner/operator of a group rooming units with multiple charges after serving a search warrant this afternoon.
Russell Stephen Varnedoe, 66, was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms by a convicted felon after the 12:45 p.m. raid on Ogeechee Road. Officers found items to substantiate those charges as well as electronics that are being investigated when they served the search warrant.
Arbor Cottages had been the subject of numerous court cases after the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Free Housing Unit found it in violation of various code sections.
Varnedoe had been given multiple chances to bring the units up to code requirements by a Recorder’s Court Judge who cited concerns for the tenants who had few other places to move. The units will be allowed to remain in use as information from today’s action is reviewed.
The investigation into the case continues by West Chatham detectives.