SAVANNAH, GA. (April 14, 2023): A Savannah man is facing multiple charges after he was found to be in possession of multiple drugs, including nearly half a kilogram of fentanyl, after he fled from a Savannah Police traffic stop in late March.
On March 31 during a two-day Total Focus Operation, SPD officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle, but the driver fled. Officers soon after located the vehicle on Hudson Street, where the driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, dropping items as he ran. The driver, who was identified as 31-year-old Jacorey Rivers, was taken into custody. Among the items he dropped were 11 grams of fentanyl.
Following his arrest, the investigation continued. On April 14, a search warrant led to the seizure of 222 grams of marijuana, 444 grams of fentanyl pills and nearly $12,000.
Rivers has been charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property (firearm), probation violation, burglary, fleeing to elude, obstruction, possession of marijuana and reckless driving.
“This country is experiencing an overdose crisis right now that is being fueled by fentanyl,” Chief Lenny Gunther said. “This drug recovery and arrest has the potential to save so many lives in our community. A person trafficking these drugs through our communities has no place here. We encourage anyone with information on subjects like this to reach out to us as we continue to work to remove these dangerous drugs and protect this community.”