2012-07-04 / For The Record

Three arrested in drug raids

By Elizabeth Billips


Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigators Dedric Smith and Dan Lowe inventory two stolen golf carts and an irrigator that were seized during the drug raid. Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigators Dedric Smith and Dan Lowe inventory two stolen golf carts and an irrigator that were seized during the drug raid. Raids at three Burke County homes turned up nearly 50 grams of meth and charges against three suspected dealers.

The arrests came after nearly three of months of surveillance on Lake Crystal Drive resident Kenneth Pyke Jr., 41, who investigators say was buying bulk methamphetamine and reselling it.

Burke and Richmond County deputies joined federal DEA agents last Sunday night and served their first no-knock warrant at a River Road trailer that was rented to Washington resident Alfredo Soto-Torres, 23, and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Amie Pabe-Keats.

According to Sgt. Dedric Smith, the couple, who is suspected of being among Pyke’s suppliers, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine after 28 grams of crystal meth were found in the trunk of a Mitsubishi Galant parked outside.


Kenneth Pyke Jr. Kenneth Pyke Jr. Three nights later, officers intercepted another supplier as Pyke was attempting to buy 20 grams of methamphetamine from him. The suspect was taken into custody, but information about his identity has not yet been released.

Pyke got away but was arrested later that night when officers searched both his home and his mother’s.

Between the two residences, officers found a cache of stolen goods including three golf carts, heavy equipment, trailers, fourwheelers, tools and an air compressor.

“There’s at least twenty-thousand dollars worth of stolen stuff … probably more,” Sgt. Smith said, noting they also seized a number of firearms believed to be stolen.

Pyke is charged with possession of methamphetamine and at least one felony count of theft by receiving stolen property. According to Sgt. Dan Lowe, the latter charge is connected to an air compressor and diesel fuel tank that were stolen from a Waynesboro forester in May. Federal drug charges are also expected.


Alfred Soto-Torres Alfred Soto-Torres Pyke’s brother Eric Vincent Ellison, 34, is also charged with theft by receiving stolen property. He faces one count in connection to a cart stolen from Pointe South golf course in Augusta last December. A second count is linked to a trailer and toolbox stolen from the same forester.

Investigators are trying to identify the owners of other items, including a golf cart, generator, irrigator and guns.



Amie Pabe-Keats Amie Pabe-Keats

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