Arrests Made Following October Drug Investigation
Two have been arrested and charged following an investigation stemming from the Oct. 17 execution of a drug warrant at a Paulding home October. Danny Hammett of Hiram succumbed to his injuries after being shot during the warrant’s execution.
Authorities Tuesday arrested two individuals following a drug investigation that followed the October execution of a drug warrant that led to the death of a Paulding man.
According to a Paulding County Sheriff’s Office news release, about noon Tuesday officers from the Forest Park Police Department and agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to the Paisley Park Apartments in Forest Park to execute an arrest warrant on 47-year-old Brenda Rose VanCleve. VanCleve was wanted by the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force for Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and VGCSA sales of methamphetamine—both felonies.
VanCleve was the wife of the late Danny Hammett who was fatally wounded on Oct. 17 after a narcotics search warrant was executed at their home, 3851 Nebo Road in Hiram. As a result of the original narcotics investigation that occurred in October, HPDTF agents located suspected methamphetamine within the residence, which was later tested and confirmed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab to be methamphetamine. HPDTF agents subsequently secured arrest warrants for VGCSA possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and VGCSA sales of methamphetamine stemming from the October search warrant.
The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing and being conducted by the GBI’s Calhoun Regional Office. As reported by Dallas-Hiram Patch last month, HPDTF agents that were involved in the shooting have been released from routine administrative leave and are currently back at work.
When Forest Park Police officers and SERFTF agents arrived at the Paisley Park Apartments off South Avenue in Forest Park, VanCleve was taken in custody without incident. As a result of their investigation into the arrest, Forest Park Police charged VanCleve and her son, 21-year-old James Richard Eason, with VGCSA possession of methamphetamine, VGCSA schedule IV narcotics, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug-related objects.
VanCleve as of Wednesday afternoon was being detained at the Clayton County Jail where she was awaiting bond. Once she bonds on the Forest Park charges, she will be transferred to the Paulding County Jail where she will have to bond on the HPDTF charges from October.