November 24, 2015
A three month long investigation by the DEA Atlanta Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS), the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrests of a Lawrenceville doctor and physician assistant.
Dr. Beth Sullivan and Physician Assistant Dave George were arrested yesterday during the execution of a search warrant after an investigation revealed that they were illegally prescribing Schedule II and Schedule III drugs at Riverside Family Medical (1960 Riverside Parkway, Suite 106 in Lawrenceville), which is owned by Dave George.
Investigators allege that Dr. Sullivan pre-signed blank prescription forms and provided them to Dave George. Georgia law prohibits doctors from pre-signing prescriptions and physician assistants are not permitted to prescribe Schedule II drugs. Investigators also learned that Dave George’s physician assistant license was previously suspended for similar prescribing violations.
Sullivan was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and George was charged with Conspiracy and Possession of Marijuana. Both Sullivan and George voluntarily surrendered their DEA registrations and can no longer prescribe controlled substances.
The pair was arrested yesterday without incident and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. They have both since been released on bond.
October 22, 2015
For immediate release:
A Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested today after illegal narcotics were discovered inside his residence.
On duty deputies were serving Deputy Trenell Bullock with administrative paperwork at his residence and observed what appeared to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the residence.
Trenell Bullock, a fifteen year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was arrested and charged with
Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act Section 16-13-30(a). He was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident.
Deputy Bullock has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time.
It is our policy to document, investigate and prosecute, when appropriate, any instance of employee misconduct.
September 23, 2015
Today members of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team honored their fallen team member, Deputy Kenneth Wimberly, who was killed on September 22, 1998 after responding to complaints from concerned residents at the apartment complex where he lived that a man was creating a disturbance by preaching loudly and claiming to be God.
Deputy Wimberly calmed the man down, convincing him to return to his apartment, but the unarmed man abruptly exited his apartment and attacked Deputy Wimberly, ultimately gaining control of Deputy Wimberly’s duty weapon and shooting and killing him. The suspect was arrested at the scene and subsequently convicted.
Each year, the flags at sheriff’s headquarters are flown at half staff in honor of Deputy Wimberly and SWAT team members pay their respect in a private graveside ceremony, placing a wreath at his gravesite.
SWAT team members who knew Deputy Wimberly speak of the great respect they have for him and their commitment to always honor him to ensure that the new generation of deputies who did not have to opportunity to meet him can join them in honoring his sacrifice.
September 14, 2015
The Gwinnett Metro Task Force, working in tandem with federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) executed a search warrant today that resulted in the seizure of approximately four (4) kilos (8.8 lbs) of heroin with a wholesale street value of approximately $280,000.
Local and federal agents raided an apartment at the Ashford Jackson Creek Apartment complex on Sunrise Village Lane in Norcross and arrested 35 year old Crecenio Silverio and 27 year old Magarita Barragan. Both are residents of the apartment where the drugs were found. A second male, located near the apartment, was interviewed and subsequently released. Silverio and Barragan were taken into custody without incident and charged with VGCSA 16-13-31(b) – Trafficking Heroin.
The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee Police Departments. The GMTF was formed in 2012 to investigate drug and vice complaints in Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee.
The Gwinnett Metro Task Force can be contacted via their Drug Tip Line at 770-670-5180 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 19, 2015
Deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit acted quickly today after developing information that a rape suspect was at a local bait shop.
Deputies arrived to the Twin Bridges Lake at 1119 Braselton Highway in Lawrenceville and quickly located 44 year old Robert Veit, who was taken into custody without incident. Veit was wanted by Gwinnett County Police for a July 30, 2015 incident in which a woman called police to report that Veit had just sexually assaulted her.
Veit is charged with Rape, Aggravated Sodomy (x2) and False Imprisonment. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
Please contact the Gwinnett County Police Department for any information regarding the original incident.
August 12, 2015
Deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit arrested 23 year old Miguel Angel Vilches yesterday. Vilches was wanted by Gwinnett County Police in connection to an incident that occurred on June 30 in which he allegedly fired a handgun at another vehicle at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Lawrenceville Highway in Norcross.
Gwinnett County Police investigators identified Vilches as the suspect in the incident, obtained warrants for his arrest and forwarded any identifying information to our Fugitive Unit deputies, who conducted surveillance, eventually locating Vilches and arresting him without incident.
Vilches is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond charged with the following:
Aggravated Assault (x4)
Hit and Run
Please contact the Gwinnett County Police Department for information regarding the original incident.
This week, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office began issuing naloxone hydrochloride (also known as Narcan), a prescription drug intended to reverse the effects of opioid overdose, to personnel operating marked units and first responders assigned to the courts and jail.
The issuance of this life saving medication has been in the works since last September, when Sheriff Butch Conway attended an anti-prescription drug abuse initiative hosted by Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens, at a local Gwinnett County high school.
Naloxone may be injected in the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose and has been used in hospitals and ambulances for decades as an antidote for opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine and other prescription pain medications. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent.
The acquisition of naloxone is yet another measure Sheriff Conway has taken to promote the safety and wellbeing of his constituents. In October 2014, all Gwinnett County Sheriff patrol vehicles were equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions.
Both the Naloxone ($4,100) and AEDs ($99,500) were purchased utilizing drug forfeiture funds.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former Gwinnett County Sheriff, Bobby Plunkett, who passed away last night after an extended illness at the age of 83 years.
Sheriff Plunkett served Gwinnett County as sheriff from 1985 – 1992. He is credited with implementing the Direct Supervision concept at the Gwinnett County Jail, which is followed to this day. Direct supervision is a progressive jail management style which combines the physical design of a jail and inmate management strategies to significantly reduce problematic inmate behavior commonly seen in jails.
Sheriff Butch Conway greatly admired Bobby Plunkett and is appreciative of his vision to have the current county jail built as a Direct Supervision model. “Bobby’s foresight to build a jail of this nature allowed us to get through the jail overcrowding of the early 2000s without experiencing some of the difficulties that other jails were experiencing at the time. Bobby was a great friend and colleague whom I greatly admired. He will be missed.”
A native of Trion, Georgia (Chattooga County), Sheriff Plunkett served honorably in the U.S. Army, where he saw combat during the Korean War. He moved to Atlanta in 1957, where he met and married Betty Jo Biddy after two months of courtship. Their marriage spanned 46 years until Betty preceded her husband in death in 2003. The couple had a son, Michael.
Sheriff Plunkett served the Suwanee, Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County Police Departments before running for sheriff in 1984, serving as police chief during his tenure with both the Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County Police Departments.
The family will receive friends from 2 pm – 4 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home located at 300 Simonton Rd SW in Lawrenceville.
Services will be held on July 22, 2015 at 2 pm at Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Please leave online condolences at stewartfh.com.
July 16, 2015
The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) has once again awarded accreditation to the Gwinnett County Jail for its compliance with NCCHC Standards for Health Services in Jails.
Beginning April 1, 2015, a team of four clinical professionals spent two days conducting an exhaustive review of the medical and mental health services delivery program at the Gwinnett County Jail for their accreditation. The health care system analysis included, but was not limited to, a review of medical policies and procedures, interviews with inmates, health care workers and deputies along with a detailed inspection of medical records. On June 26th, NCCHC’s Accreditation Committee voted to continue to accredit the Gwinnett County Jail for its 100% compliance rate with NCCHC’s Standards for Health Services in Jails.
Sheriff Butch Conway states, “Our NCCHC reaccreditation is affirmation that we continue to provide quality healthcare for the inmates in our custody. I appreciate the diligent efforts of my staff and the medical professionals at Corizon Health for helping us maintain this standard of excellence.”
The American Medical Association established a program that in 1983 became NCCHC, an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that grants public recognition to correctional institutions that meet its nationally accepted standards for healthcare delivery.
June 29, 2015
An off duty Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputy assisted in the rescue of a woman fleeing her burning home at 176 Westbrook Street in Buford yesterday.
Deputy Kyle McMinn and his wife, who is pregnant with twins, were driving through Buford when he noticed heavy smoke nearby. Not hearing responding sirens, he immediately decided to investigate. When he arrived at the address, the house was engulfed in flames. He observed a man running around the side of the house towards the backyard, so he responded in that direction.
Deputy McMinn observed two subjects, a male and a female, on the upper deck of the home and a second man, who retrieved an extension ladder to assist with their escape. The woman carried an oxygen tank with her and appeared to have difficulty moving swiftly down the ladder. Deputy McMinn assisted in quickly getting her down the ladder, with the second male subject following closely behind her.
Deputy McMinn quickly relocated the woman, followed by the two males and a family pet, to a safe area away from the home and a large propane tank located on the property. Once Gwinnett County Police officers arrived, Deputy McMinn left the scene to get his wife away from the area.
Deputy McMinn has been employed with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office since 2011, where he has served in the Jail Division until his recent transfer to the Field Operations Division. He has declined all media interview requests and states, “I feel that I did the same thing anyone else would do. I will always do anything in my capacity to help others, which is why I entered the law enforcement profession. I’m just glad that this family is okay.”
Sheriff Butch Conway is pleased with Deputy McMinn’s initiative. “The fact that he took the time to investigate the source of the smoke, even while off duty, speaks volumes about this deputy’s desire to serve others. I’m proud of him.”