Head of Children's Advocacy Center Charged with Drug Trafficking

By: Eames Yates Email
By: Eames Yates Email

[UPDATE] -- Valdosta, Ga. -- June 8, 2012 -- 6:45PM --

A massive drug bust has led to the arrest of the head of a Children's Advocacy Center. This arrest really did catch this community off guard. Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates spoke with neighbors who lived next door to Joseph Driggers in Lake Park. They said they noticed how his car would leave at odd hours of the night. But they never expected a drug bust.

Marijuana, money and guns. It's not what you'd expect to find at the home of the Executive Director for the Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County. But it's exactly what investigators with the Sheriff's Office found after two search warrants on homes owned by Joseph Driggers. Investigators recovered 10 pounds of marijuana and 8 marijuana plants at this house, owned by Driggers. But when they went to his primary residence they realized it was just the beginning.

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine said "there they found $1,100 dollars currency, 4 pounds of marijuana, point one grams of cocaine, 4 shot guns, one of which was a sawed off shot gun which is illegal."

The Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County's board of directors were quick to place Driggers on leave without pay. But it still caught the community off guard.

Valdosta resident and parent Katie Wiggins said "I think when someone serves as a role model in our community, and has such an important job for children in our community, it's very shocking and disappointing."

Sandra Wilcher is the Board Chair of the Children Advocacy Center. She said "I was very heartbroken, shocked, and certainly saddened. I was at a lose for words actually."

Driggers is currently being held at the Lowndes County Jail. He's charged with manufacturing and trafficking marijuana. He's also charged with possession of cocaine and a sawed off shot gun. Sheriff Chris Prine said that Driggers has been denied bond.

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- June 8, 2012 -- 5:48 p.m. --

CAC STATEMENT:

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, Inc. (CAC) was shocked and saddened today to learn of the arrest of Executive Director, Joseph Driggers.

Driggers became Executive Director of the CAC April 2012. As of today, the Board of Directors of the CAC has unanimously placed Driggers on leave without pay, pending further investigation by law enforcement.

The Board has named Delthia Conrad as Interim Director of the CAC. Conrad was the chair of the initial task force that formed the CAC in 1997 and has remained actively involved since that time.

The core mission of the CAC to minimize the trauma of child abuse by responding to their immediate and long term needs in a child friendly, safe environment does not waiver. The CAC will continue under the leadership of the Interim Director and the CAC’s professional staff. Therapeutic services will continue. The CAC will moved forward and has a passion for the prevention and treatment of child abuse in this community.

The CAC offers a facility where representatives from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, and the medical community collaborate to investigate, treat, and prosecute child abuse cases.

Further questions should be directed to the CAC to the Board Chair, Sandra Wilcher.

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-- Valdosta, Ga. -- June 8, 2012 --

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested Joseph Driggers, the Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, on Thursday evening.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Driggers had about 4 pounds of marijuana and a marijuana growing operation. Investigators also found cocaine. Driggers had two residences where the drugs were recovered.

Stay tuned for more information.


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  • by L.A.Con. on Jun 14, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    I'm a girl, don't mess too much with guns..but why is a sawed off shotgun illegal? just wondering..
  • by Wizzle Location: Valdosta on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    Wow. This just proves you can do drugs and still make something of yourself. Having coke and a sawed-off shotgun was stupid, but growing/smoking weed...not that big of a deal to rational people who can think critically. Some very industrious folks on the "wrong" side of the drug war.
  • by Its about time Location: Madison on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    You people need to know the person you stand behind. This is the same child choking drug using idiot we have all known for years. New town, new identity.
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      by r&h on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM in reply to Its about time
      "Its about Time"... your the idiot!You have no idea what your talking about. Mind your own business!
  • by Good Deeds Location: Valdosta on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    Thank you Collins and Good Man. I'm glad to see that there are a few people that still know what a good person he is. Let's be real here - Let the dust settle and see what the real truth is. So he has guns. Most men around here have guns. So one was modified. It doesn't mean he had it with ill intentions. Maybe it was passed down from a family member. So he had a little bit of money on him. Maybe he had just cashed some paychecks. Maybe he had the other stuff or maybe it was someone else's. Who knows right now. Either way - Joseph Driggers is a good man who has done more good for this community than most people could ever hope to do. What happened doesn't change who he is on the inside!!!
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      by r&h on Jun 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM in reply to Good Deeds
      Good Deeds, I am glad to see that someone can think there is another side to what is in the media. People are too quick to jump to conclusions. Joseph is a good person. He has made mistakes, but we all have. According to the bible, a sin is a sin, no matter what. Another words, gossiping is as bad as murder. So thank you for your kind words. :)
  • by Collins on Jun 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    Amen, Good Deeds! Joseph is an amazing person. I don't know what was going through his mind or why he did this, but he's a caring, committed person that has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of kids that needed his help.
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      by truth on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:02 PM in reply to Collins
      and a drug dealing thug!!!
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      by P on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM in reply to Collins
      Drug dealing this who used his politemness to cover up drug dealing activities, 4 lbs of pot and a gram of cocaine. That is drug delaer you fools, when you have guns in commision of a crime that raises the felony charges...once againn fools for defending a drug dealing idiot.
  • by Good Man on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    Agreed Good Deeds. Joseph is a good, good person who has done great things for the CAC and for all of the children it serves. It was his passion to help hurting children. Remember folks, growing is LEGAL in Colorado and many other states. The cocaine is the part of this that I cannot understand.
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      by truth on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:03 PM in reply to Good Man
      drug dealing thug what's to understand!!!
  • by Curious Location: Madison on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    Is this the Joseph Driggers that grew up in Madison?
  • by gop on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    Its all Obummers fault If you didnt have a mindless liberal in the White House THIS WOULDNT HAD HAPPENED
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      by Karl on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to gop
      And, you are a fool if you really believe this B.S.
    • reply
      by Kurt on Jun 9, 2012 at 08:11 AM in reply to gop
      Stupid is, is what stupid says!
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        by gop on Jun 10, 2012 at 02:53 AM in reply to Kurt
        If you want stupid just read the comments about how good a person this guy is HES A FREAKIN DRUG DEALER IN A POSITION TO HELP CHILDREN and you fools think hes a good person
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      by Long-haired country boy on Jun 9, 2012 at 08:23 AM in reply to gop
      That "mindless liberal" nailed Bin Laden and has made being an Al Qaeda leader the most dangerous occupation in the world. This HAS happened,and Obama had nothing to do with it. Remember Reagan and his old pal Noriega? Iran/Contra arms-for-drugs policy? The mindless ones are the lower 99% of Republicans who buy into the policies of the top 1%. You are pitiful because you voting against your own interests because of the prejudices and fear that seems to have become the GOP's dogma. Ignorance is no excuse for that.
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        by 62nitro on Jun 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Long-haired country boy
        Open your eyes "country boy". you have been had just like nearly half of this once great country. If Obama had his way, we would have never been in Afganistan, Gitmo [where most of our intelligence comes from] would have been closed, and we would have pulled out of Iraq BEFORE they had a gov't up and running and were able to take care of themselves. Everything BO has accomplished in fighting terror is directly tied to GW Bush policies. Oh, I bet gop is really a liberal trying to push someones buttons. You've been had, again.
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          by NY on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:30 PM in reply to 62nitro
          What does all this have to do with the news report? Jezzzzz some people need to get a life. Or, is this Adult Attention Deficit Disorder? This assuming that an adult wrote this.
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          by truth on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:05 PM in reply to 62nitro
          we don't need to be in Afganistan, bring how troops home, who is paying for all these wars!!! TAX PAYERS!!!!
        • reply
          by GOP on Jun 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to 62nitro
          I AM AS CONSERVATIVE AS ONE CAN BE
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        by gop on Jun 10, 2012 at 02:56 AM in reply to Long-haired country boy
        The navy seals nailed BIN LADEN and if it wasnt for Bush and interogation techniques we would have never found him Obama lives in a dream world of liberlism and socialism he is all about himself and he will go down in November
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          by Anon on Jun 10, 2012 at 07:40 AM in reply to gop
          Obama is just the face of our nation. He "himself" does not pass laws. Yes, he may voice his opinion and how he thinks our nation should handle certain situations, however, he himself does not make the final say. Our government votes on it. Please educate your self before you say stupid comments, basically insinuating that ONE SINGLE MAN has destroyed our nation all by himself.
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      by Anon on Jun 10, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to gop
      You are mindless. you think that one man has single handedly taken down our nation? Educate yourself please. please read up on the government and how it works. this is not obamas fault. and may i ask, what are you doing for our nation? how are you bettering our nation? because we all know it isnt with your ignorant comments and stupidity.
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        by gop on Jun 10, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to Anon
        Why dont you go light your Obama candle and chant OBAMA OBAMA CHANGE CHANGE HOPE HOPE and oh by the way I AM DOING SOMETHING FOR THIS COUNTRY COME NOVEMBER THATS WHEN YOU WILL SEE ALL OF YOUR HOPE AND CHANGE
  • by chili on Jun 9, 2012 at 02:44 AM
    ROFLMFAO !! I guess he really was the "HEAD" of that place.
  • by Good Deeds Location: Valdosta on Jun 8, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    Why don't you wait until to get the full story before pass judgement on someone. The news has a way of showing all the worst things people do and none of the good. He is a good man who has done a lot of good things for the CAC and for many children in this community. It has been his life's work and his passion. Remember - not everything is as it seems. Especially when 'seen on TV' or 'being gossiped about'.
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      by truth on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:06 PM in reply to Good Deeds
      he was a good drug dealing thug!!!
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