January 23, 2022

Franklin Police make two drug arrests

(Franklin) — According to a press release issued by the Franklin Police Department, two drug arrests were made recently following a short chase that ended just outside the city limits north of Franklin.

According to the report, during the afternoon hours on Friday, April 11th, Lieutenant Tino Brooks was patrolling on Mary Johnson Drive, when he observed an illegal drug transaction take place. The drug transaction was reportedly seen involving three occupants inside a vehicle and a male subject, on the sidewalk, in front of 297 Mary Johnson Drive.

John Rodrigus Boykin

John Rodrigus Boykin

As the vehicle left the residence, Lieutenant Brooks followed behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights, indicating to the driver to pull over, which he failed to do.

After a low speed police chase, the vehicle pulled to the edge of the roadway, near Franklin Parkway and Old Field Road, where the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

During the foot pursuit, Lieutenant Brooks reported that the suspect began removing U.S. Currency from his pockets and throwing it on the ground. Eventually, Lieutenant Brooks was able to capture the fleeing suspect who continued to resist arrest.

During the struggle, Lieutenant Brooks reported that the suspect was attempting to remove something from his left pocket, which he quickly identified as a handgun. Lieutenant Brooks was able to remove the handgun from the suspect and as other officers arrived to the scene, the suspect was detained.

It was at this time, a second loaded handgun was discovered from underneath the suspect. During a search of the suspect, officers discovered illegal narcotics and two handheld scales.

A check of the two handguns indicated that one of them had been reported stolen from Haralson County, Georgia. It was also discovered that the suspect, identified as John Rodrigus Boykin was a convicted felon.

The two additional occupants inside the vehicle were interviewed and later released without being charged.

After being informed of what had taken place leading to the arrest of John Boykin, Deputy Jim Porter of the Heard County Sheriff’s Department went to the area where the drug transaction had originally been observed. While in the area, Deputy Porter observed the suspect, whom Lieutenant Brooks had been able to identify as Tommy Swint.

Tommy Swint

Tommy Swint

As Deputy Porter approached the suspect, he reportedly removed and attempted to discard marijuana, which had been inside his pants pocket. Deputy Porter then arrested Tommy Swint and retrieved the marijuana.

John Rodrigus Boykin of 121 Magnolia Street, Carrollton, Georgia was transported to the Heard County Sheriff’s Department and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Obstruction of an Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and Aggravated Assault.

Tommy Swint of 1108 Franklin Parkway, Franklin, Georgia was transported to the Heard County Sheriff’s Department and charged with Possession of Marijuana.


  1. A convicted felon with a gun is just as dangerous in a small town like Franklin as he would be in Atlanta or New York. Great police work Lieutenant Brooks. THANKS

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