SAVANNAH, GA (December 30, 2019) – A collaboration between Savannah Police’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), Eastside Precinct patrol officers, Gang Unit and Chatham County Police Department resulted in the apprehension of eight individuals and the seizure of drugs, guns and money.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 28, VCTF officers were conducting proactive intelligence gathering in the Waters Avenue corridor, when they witnessed a vehicle driving in a reckless manner. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.

Officers then observed the occupants of the fleeing vehicle get into a subsequent vehicle, which was later located outside of a residence on Oak Forest Lane. A search of the vehicle in question and residence led to the discovery and seizure of money, multiple guns, one being reported stolen, drugs and drug-related objects.

On Dec. 29, additional search warrants were carried out, which resulted in the seizure of additional drugs and drug-related objects in connection to this investigation.

In regards to this investigation, eight individuals, who acquired more than 40 felony and five misdemeanor charges between them, were apprehended.

“We will continue to remain vigilant in addressing those in our community who are engaging in illegal activity,” said Chief Roy Minter. “Our Violent Crimes Task Force is made up of a group of dedicated officers who utilize their knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully investigate illegal activity and apprehend offenders in Savannah. I am proud of their hard work and commitment to this investigation, which yielded amazing results. ”

The following items were seized:

-88.8 grams of MDMA/Ecstasy pills

-0.1 grams Crack Cocaine

-4.1 grams powder cocaine

-1.4 grams heroin

-31.8 grams Marijuana

-29.9 grams Methamphetamine (crystal)

-Multiple digital scales

-Multiple empty plastic bags

-10+ cellphones

-$3666 in US Currency

-Multiple Firearms

The following individuals were apprehended:

Joseph Grubbs, 37- Conspiracy to Commit Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (VGCSA), Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm by Convicted Felon, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent (Cocaine), Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana Less Than One Ounce and Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects

Laron Sams, 30- Obstruction, Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm by Convicted Felon, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony

Trayvon Martin, 20- Grand Jury Indictment Warrants (Poss. Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Poss. Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Poss. Firearm During Commission of Felony), Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony

Harold Riley, 41- Poss. Marijuana Less 1 Oz, Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm by Convicted Felon, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony

Nicholas Roberts, 22- Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm by Convicted Felon, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony

Warren Stroman, 28- Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm by Convicted Felon, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Felony Probation Violation Warrant (CCSO)

Mylek Bigham, 28- Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Poss. of a Controlled Substance (C/S) with Intent (Methamphetamine), Poss. Marijuana with Intent, Poss. Drug/Related Objects, Poss. Marijuana Less 1 Oz, Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm by Convicted Felon, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony

Jeffery Sams, 27- Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Poss. Firearm During Commission of a Felony

The Savannah Police Department would like to thank the community for their support and encourages anyone who has information on illegal activity to call our tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.