Two people are in custody following a search warrant and the seizure of a large amount of heroin by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, CNT in partnership with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD), SCMPD SWAT and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, conducted both search and felony arrest warrants at a residence in the 1100 block of East 58th Street and a storage unit on Abercorn Street.
"Upon making entry into the residence, SWAT was shot at by persons inside. SWAT was able to successfully take all persons in custody without returning fire," a spokesman says. "SCMPD Violent Crimes and Forensic detectives responded to investigate the shooting incident; the shooting investigation remains ongoing by SCMPD."
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of large amounts of heroin, marijuana, Oxycodone, items commonly associated with the distribution of controlled substances and more than $1,200 in U.S. currency. A loaded firearm was also located inside the residence. A search of the storage unit resulted in the seizure of additional heroin. One vehicle was also seized during the operation.
CNT arrested 26-year-old Marion “Skee” Simuel and 21-year-old Fatimah Polite, both of Savannah, on various felony drug charges. Simuel was treated and released for a medical complaint at a local hospital. Both Simuel and Polite are being held at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and are expected to be arraigned Thursday in the Recorder’s Court of Chatham County, Georgia.
Wednesday’s arrest of Simuel "marks his 6th booking in Chatham County, third drug arrest and his second arrest by CNT," a spokesman says. Simuel was on parole for a drug conviction at the time of Wednesday’s arrest.
In June 2014, CNT received information Simuel was selling various controlled substances to include heroin. CNT agents, working in an undercover capacity, were able to purchase heroin from Simuel on several occasions.
During the course of the investigation, CNT identified Simuel’s residence on East 58th Street and the storage unit on Abercorn Street. CNT obtained search warrants for the two locations, as well as arrest warrants for drug sales involving Simuel.
"Every day CNT agents and other law enforcement personnel risk their lives when they go to work," said CNT Director, Everette Ragan. "We see stories across the country of law enforcement officers losing their lives in the line of duty. Our agents and officers have a dangerous job, especially when conducting search warrants because they never truly know what they are walking into. I'm thankful no one was injured during this latest search warrant and it serves as a reminder that our law enforcement personnel must never take their own safety for granted."