An Evans woman remained in jail Monday afternoon after being arrested on drug charges last week in Glascock County.
Ryan McCoy is being held in the McDuffie County Jail after a car chase that began in Columbia County led to her arrest and the continuing search for Glascock County resident Darrell McZilkey.
McZilkey was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to Glascock County Sheriff Bryan Bopp. McCoy was booked on identical charges.
The incident began Oct. 16 when, police say, McZilkey fled from Columbia County deputies into Glascock County. Glascock and Columbia deputies tried to find McZilkey after he entered Glascock.
McZilkey was last sighted on Kitchens Road.
Suspected drugs and many pieces of drug paraphernalia were confiscated in a raid on a Glascock County home.
Photo by Ben Nelms
Police executed a search warrant of McZilkey's residence later that night, resulting in the discovery of about 1 1/2 pounds of suspected marijuana and several grams of suspected methamphetamine found in several locations throughout the house.
A digital scale and assorted drug paraphernalia also were seized.
Police believed McCoy had been staying at McZilkey's home. She was taken into custody the next day while she was driving.
Bopp said the presence of drugs in Glascock or nearly any rural setting was something in past years that would have been shocking to many people. But across the nation today, the drug landscape has altered.
"America has changed over the decades. We've become a more drug-dependent nation," Bopp said. "Whether it's illegal drugs or prescription drugs, they are here today in rural America. Drug dealers have found that it's more convenient to manufacture and deal out of rural communities where there is less law enforcement. So today in rural America, it takes more resources and more manpower to combat those drugs."
Bopp said the most effective way to combat the existence and negative influence of drugs in Glascock is through residents' involvement. He said that anyone with information relevant to this case can contact the Glascock County Sheriff's Office at (706) 598-2881.
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