Drug Arrests in Banks County (PRESS RELEASE)

Banks Co., (PRESS RELEASE) - On Thursday, August 1, 2019, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant at 271 Sims Harris Road in Gillsville, Georgia.  


The search resulted in the recovered of approximately 68.1 grams of Methamphetamine and several firearms were recovered at the residence. The Methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $7,480.00.  The search was the result of an extended investigation and a collaborative effort by law enforcement agencies.


Two individuals were arrested as a result of the investigation:


Steven Whitehead, 36 years old, from Gillsville, Georgia


Madison Porter, 23 years old, from Gillsville, Georgia


Both Whitehead and Porter were charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Firearm during the commission of a felony. The two were arrested, transported to the Banks County Jail.


ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via Facebook IM or at 

706-348-7410 or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.  


The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Toccoa Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.