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Meth: Still bad, still illegal
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Two men are in custody following a search warrant and seizure of a large amount of crystal methamphetamine conducted by the Chatham–Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

In December 2011, CNT began investigating 41–year–old William Alvin Dunn JR of the 500 block of East 31st Street following information that he was selling crystal meth.

During the investigation, agents working in an undercover capacity purchased crystal meth from Dunn and identified his partner, 33–year–old David Aaron Wacaser of Bluffton, South Carolina.

CNT executed a search warrant at Dunn’s residence.  The search warrant resulted in the seizure of more than two ounces of crystal meth, most of which was packaged for distribution, various prescription pills, one pistol and various items used in the distribution of controlled substances.  Also seized was a 2010 Hyundi Sonata.  Both Dunn and Wacaser were arrested during the search warrant.

Dunn and Wascaser were charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine.  Additionally, Dunn was charged with several counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance (Meth).

The seized crystal meth has a street value of up to $3,000.

• Garden City Police are investigating the death of a 53–year–old bicyclist who was killed when he was struck by a Savannah–Chatham Metropolitan Police van.

Dan Grantham, who listed his address as a post office box at Union Mission, was declared dead at the scene of the 8:30 p.m. accident just north of the Dean Forest Road intersection on Ga. Highway 17.

Cpl. Kyle Malin of the Garden City Police said the van was being driven north in the inside lane by Star Cpl. Joseph Bejnarowicz, 41, when it struck Grantham who was crossing US 17 in a darkened area.

The van stopped immediately. The van was not responding to a call at the time of the accident.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab and toxicology tests for both the victim and the driver have been taken.

Malin said the bicycle had no lights or reflectors and Grantham was wearing a dark orange coat that was not reflective.

• A 30–year–old Savannah man was charged with criminal attempt to commit kidnapping and terroristic threats after a woman reported he tried to coerce her into getting into his truck.

Larry Jaudon Smith was arrested after the 28–year–old woman reported he had driven past her while she was walking on West 56th Street.

He offered her a ride and when she refused, he ordered her into his truck. When she refused to get in, she said he reached under his jacket as if he had a gun, then got out of the truck and approached her. When she threatened to call the police, she said he got back into the truck and left.

• The high–profile recent case of a local man having 71 dogs in his home has progressed. Daniel Golden, 43, was given 123 city ordinance violations. (1) nuisance 9–5006, (1) keeping of animals– sanitation 9–5004,(71 counts) animal neglect 533(d), and (50 counts) vaccinations required 5021(b). It appears the home that is now condemned was being lived in when officers were called for the noise complaint.