The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A new addition to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is already earning her keep said Sheriff Davis. On Friday March 17, 2017, a Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle for displaying a fictitious registration plate in the Shooting Creek Community. While the Deputy was talking to the driver, Michael Swenson, he discovered the driver’s license was revoked.
Sheriff Davis said Investigators were in the area and arrived to assist the Deputy. While the Deputy was investigating further as to whether or not the vehicle was stolen, a Sheriff’s K-9 was deployed. During an open air sniff, the K-9 alerted to the positive detection of narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine and several items of paraphernalia, including syringes.
Michael David Swenson, 24, of Franklin was arrested and charged with Driving While License Revoked he received a $500 unsecured bond. Bryan Charles Burrows, 38, of Atlanta, GA, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is in custody in the Clay County Detention Center under a $3500 bond. Lenessa Shenee Stroud, 29, of Hayesville, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is in custody at the Clay County Detention Center under a $3500 bond.
"It is good to see the dogs already making an impact," said Sheriff Davis. "I knew this grant for the K-9s would be a great opportunity for the county and we can already see evidence of that. No one is denying there is an issue with drugs, not only here but across the whole country. But I do hope these dogs will make a positive impact on keeping illicit drugs out of Clay County."