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.
Clay County Sheriff Vic Davis said on Thursday June 2, 2016, at approximately 1:00 AM, Clay County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a GMC Sonoma on Jack Rabbit Road for suspicion of DWI. Donald Ray Barnhill of Young Harris, GA was found to be the driver of the vehicle.
A Clay County K-9 Unit was on scene at the time of the stop and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine was discovered. Barnhill is also a registered sex offender.
Barnhill was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a $10,000 secured bond and is still in the Clay County Detention Center. He also received a $20,000 secured bond on a fugitive warrant out of Cherokee County, GA for failing to register as a sex offender.
Sheriff Davis said he is glad to see his deputies getting more meth off the streets, but even more so he is pleased to see a potentially dangerous sex offender off the streets as well. Sheriff Davis said there may also be more charges forthcoming is this incident is investigated further.
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