Three arrested by GBI on drug trafficking charges

Published 4:04 pm Monday, May 13, 2019

WEST POINT – On Thursday, three people were arrested in West Point on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, according to information released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

James Elvin Cook, 38, of Franklin; Billy “BJ” Tyson, 38, of LaGrange; and Misty Perry, 39, of West Point were arrested last week as part of a GBI investigation.

According to a GBI press release, on April 19, agents of the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant at the home of Cook in Franklin. Cook reportedly fled law enforcement officers leading them in a pursuit into Alabama. According to the press release, officers ceased the pursuit, and Cook became a fugitive from justice.

On Thursday, agents began surveillance of a residence in West Point based on information from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office. According to the press release, the agents were able to confirm that Cook was at the residence and took him into custody and were able to further the investigation. GBI agents reportedly located approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine, fentanyl and a handgun.

According to the press release, Cook will be charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of fentanyl and parole violation. 

Also, arrested for trafficking methamphetamine were Tyson and Perry.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office and the Heard County Sheriff’s Office both participated in the investigation.