November 23, 2017

Two Arrested on Drug Charges after Chase

On the evening of Thursday, November 3, agents with the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office along with officers with the Heard County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin Police Department arrested Walt Rogers and Randy Swint for possession of illegal narcotics.

Agents and officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up truck that was being driven by Walt Rogers on Highway 100 North in the area of Redland Road. When officers activated their blue lights, Rogers would not stop and accelerated at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade and elude law enforcement.

The pursuing officers observed a clear bag containing a white substance, later identified as crack cocaine, being thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. Officers and agents were immediately able to recover the crack cocaine from the side of the roadway.

Rogers eventually stopped his vehicle after a short chase. Rogers and his passenger, Randy Swint, were both arrested and transported to the Heard County jail. They were charged as follows:

Walter Lewis Rogers, 60, of 36 Thomas Drive, Newnan, Ga, was charged with VGCSA (possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute), fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving, too fast for conditions, speeding and violation of probation.

Randy Swint, 54, of 30 School Lane, Franklin, Ga, was charged with VGSCA (possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute).

This is Walt Rogers’ second arrest in three years for distribution of cocaine. He was convicted in 2008 and is currently on felony probation.

Agents with the West Metro RDEO have received information over the past few months in regards to Walter Rogers, Randy Swint and others distributing cocaine in the Heard County area. Agents were able to verify this information provided by concerned citizens as being true. Future arrests in this case are pending at this time.

I would like to thank the citizens of Heard County for taking time and for caring enough about our community to call in complaints on possible drug activity. The smallest tip can sometimes lead to a major drug investigation and allow us to arrest some of the largest drug dealers in our area,” stated Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry. “I’d also like to thank the agents with the West Metro RDEO, my deputies and officers with the Franklin Police Department for a job well done. Their dedication to their departments and their chosen professions are to be commended. If you have any information on possible drug activity or any other illegal activity, please call your local law enforcement agency,” added Sheriff Henry.

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