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Chattooga Deputy faces drug possession charges

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SUMMERVILLE, GA (WRCB) -- A North Georgia deputy is behind bars after escaping town with a heap of controlled substances. He went missing from the Chattooga Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.

Thirty-three-year-old Matt Hayes was arrested in Fort Payne, Alabama after a run in with a local store employee. Police say he threatened the owner with a gun, but was struck in the face by the woman's husband, who then called police.

Investigators are being very tight-lipped about the investigation. But deputy Hayes is still behind bars, facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations spent the majority of its day at the Chattooga County Sheriff's Office, looking into what led to investigator Joseph Matthew Hayes being arrested on drug charges.

Officials at the Chattooga County Sheriff's Office aren't commenting on the arrest, saying the GBI is in charge of the investigation.

But Sheriff John Everett told The Summerville News that Hayes went missing Thursday afternoon after he was supposed to dispose of drugs from a closed case.

A multi-agency search began.

Apparently Hayes made his way to a convenience store in Fort Payne, Alabama where the paper reports Hayes pointed a gun at a clerk and her husband.

Everett says, "When he put the gun in the female's face, allegedly the husband struck him in the face with a stick. It busted his eye open and they called 911. The Fort Payne Police and the Dekalb County Sheriff's Office got there. They were talking with Matt and found cocaine in his back pocket and cocaine in his shirt pocket."

It's also being reported Hayes may have had dozens of hydrocodone pills.

The GBI is looking into whether or not Hayes stole the drugs from the drug evidence locker.

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