Complaints lead to drugs, gun charges

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By Sidhartha Wadake

staff writer

Neighbors noise complaints led Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies to execute a search warrant on a Clack Road residence that resulted in a convicted felon being arrested on drug and firearm charges.

According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Truitt, 29, was arrested without incident on Wednesday, May 15 after officers responded to “five or six” noise complaints at the property served the warrant at 3:30 p.m. Pruitt was on a boat on a pond on the property when six law enforcement officers arrived.

A search of Truitt’s room in the house found an assault-style .22 caliber rifle, rounds, a noise suppressor, suspected marijuana and suspected methamphetamine and other drug-related paraphernalia, Sellers said. Truitt was wanted for a felony outstanding warrant in Walton County. He now faces felony charges for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession on methamphetamine and illegal possession of a suppressor. Sellers said Truitt has more than 20 prior convictions.

Deputies responded to the Clack Road location after several complaints from various neighbors regarding gunshots both during the day and into the night. 

“We kept getting complaints, and we had been responding every time,” he said. “The neighbors in the area were tired of the constant shooting,” Sellers said.

Sellers said complaints started in March.

Sellers said there is no law in Morgan County preventing gun owners from safely shooting their weapons, however, he said in this instance the shots were being fired deep into the night.

Chief Deputy Keith Howard praised the neighbors for bringing awareness to potential unsafe gun activity. “The sheriff is grateful to the  (neighbors) for providing information that led to the arrest.”

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