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Four Arrested in Emanuel County Following Drug Investigation

Emanuel Co Sheriff's Office

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, four individuals were arrested following a joint drug investigation by the GBI’s Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO) and the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Georgia State Patrol K-9.

On Monday, February 21, 2022, Robert “Ricky” Richard Hatten, age 47, Joshua Burris, age 31, Jody Clifton, age 41, and Rebecca Wilkerson, age 38, all from Emanuel County, were arrested. During the execution of a search warrant, agents seized two long guns, two handguns along with ammunition, approx. 7.3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine/ ICE, 5.4 ounces of suspected marijuana, and drug related paraphernalia.


Robert “Ricky” Richard Hatten is charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Firearm in Commission of a Felony, Possession with Intent Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II-Controlled Substance. Joshua Burris is charged with Possession with Intent Methamphetamine. Jody Clifton is charged with Possession with Intent Methamphetamine. Rebecca Wilkerson is charged with Possession with Intent Methamphetamine. All individuals were booked into the Emanuel County Jail.

This investigation was conducted in an effort to make an impact on the current street level drug distribution within Emanuel County and promote a safer place for productive citizens. SRDEO and Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office ask for your help. If you have information related to drug activity, you are encouraged to call the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 237-7526 or SRDEO at (912) 685-5345. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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