Bainbridge man charged with having meth, painkillers

Thomas Heath Bramblett of Bainbridge, GA
Thomas Heath Bramblett of Bainbridge, GA
Thomas Heath Bramblett of Bainbridge, GA

A Bainbridge man was arrested Tuesday after police found suspected methamphetamines, prescription pain medicine and drug-related items on his person.

Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix was off-duty at around 6 p.m. Tuesday and had stopped at a Shotwell Street store to buy a soda when he noticed some suspicious activity in the store’s parking lot.

A white SUV and a small pickup truck were improperly parked, stretching out across several parking spaces. Nix said his attention was drawn when he saw a man he recognized from a previous investigation walk from the SUV and get into the passenger’s side of the pickup truck, at the same time carrying a black pouch.

The two men in the pickup truck spotted Nix driving up and began to pull out of the parking spaces, but Nix flagged them down and the truck stopped.

Nix’s wife Cheryl, who is also a local law enforcement officer, was also riding with Nix and provided backup when he got out to investigate further.

“As I walked up to the truck, I looked through the window and saw some syringes, a spoon with something burnt in it and a large rubber band similar to what drug users sometimes tie around their arms,” Nix said.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Thomas Heath Bramblett, 32, of 122 River Ridge Drive, was acting nervous and sweaty, so Investigator Nix asked him for permission to search the vehicle.

Bramblett consented to the search and he and his passenger stepped out of the truck. Underneath where Bramblett’s feet had been was a bag containing crystal meth, a more potent form of meth sometimes known as “Ice.” The black pouch Bramblett’s passenger had been carrying contained a set of digital scales, which are sometimes used to weigh illegal drugs, and other questionable items, according to Nix.

Finally, Bramblett had several Oxycodone pills, a powerful prescription painkiller, on his person but not in a prescription bottle.

BPS Officer Ken Williams responded to the store’s parking lot to assist Nix. Bramblett was arrested and charged with possession of meth and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, oxycodone, both felony charges.

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