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Savannah-Chatham Metro Police now have arrested 8 people in connection with Operation Sungazer last week.

Police recovered various amounts of cocaine and marijuana along with two weapons and a large sum of money.

Arrested were Deandre Wiggins, 20, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and tampering with evidence;  Lawrence Williams, 56, charged with possession of a controlled substance; Eshon Maurice Grant, 21, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, obstruction and possession of marijuana; Tony Oleando Houston, 38, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, obstruction and driving with a suspended license; Leonard Randy Washington, 34, sale of a controlled substance; Timothy Leonard Alexander, 23, possession of marijuana; Alex Alexander, 20, possession of marijuana; and Emanuel Lee Williams, 35, possession of a controlled substance, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, obstruction of an officer by fleeing and violation of parole.

 

Still being sought is Joshua Morgan McNear, 22.

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In a story you will only see on News 3, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police try to crack down on crime in one local neighborhood.

News 3 was there as the swat team crashed into two homes in Cuyler-Brownsville.

The raid, dubbed Operation Sungazer,  followed six weeks of undercover operations by the TIU that led to search warrants being obtained for the two residences and arrest warrants for a number of suspects. Joining in the afternoon operation were Central Precinct Patrol officers and Crime Suppression Units from Central and Southside precincts.

3 people have already been arrested from these 39th street houses and several more have been detained for questioning.

Joshua McNear, one of the subjects sought in the operation, was one of those arrested. He is a twice-convicted felon who was served with five warrants today.

Officers also found drugs inside, and are still processing the scenes right now.

Investigators continue to search each location and to question several people detained.

One of the two homes has also been called an illegal boarding house, and the city has been called in the investigate.

Today's operation in the Cuyler/Brownsville neighborhood was the third in recent months led by the Central TIU as officers focus on drug sales and violent crimes that frequent the area.

"We have moved deliberately and methodically through this neighborhood to lay the groundwork for today's operation," said Capt. DeVonn Adams, commander of the Central Precinct. "We have confirmed reports from members of the neighborhood that drug sales are conducted in these houses by these suspect and those sales lead to violent crimes against members of the community. Those neighbors have asked for our help and have aided our efforts to keep this community safe."

Central detectives continue to investigate the scenes and more charges and arrests could be filed.

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