After getting reports of alleged drug activity, Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson took a ride through a Milan neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.
He spotted a suspicious vehicle, went for a closer look and caught Johnny Deeds, of Milan, with 56 bags of suspected marijuana and 22 pieces of suspected crack cocaine.
Deeds apparently panicked when he saw the sheriff’s car approaching.
“He had that deer in the headlights look and I think he was still in shock, so I could slap the handcuff on him,” Steverson said Friday.
Deeds’ tall, cold Icehouse was resting on top of a propane tank where the sheriff discovered the stash of drugs under the lid.
He arrested Deeds, who was charged with possession with the intent to distribute.
“I’ve been giving my drug deputies trouble because I’m making more drug busts than they are,” Steverson joked.
The bust reminded him of his dozen years working narcotics as a Douglas police officer.
Back then, Steverson’s boss didn’t let him get too big a head about collaring criminals.
He’d tell me, “Even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then.”
Deeds was being held in the Telfair County jail while awaiting a bond hearing.