Deputy Jaden Morgan (left) and reserve Deputy Charlie Coons with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office search a woman’s bag during a traffic stop Saturday.(Photo: Independent Mail/Nikie Mayo)
Deputy Jaden Morgan, who has worked road patrol for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for a little over a year, starts every shift with the same goal: He wants to find at least one car carrying illegal drugs, stop it and get the goods off the streets before he rests.
His patrol territory stretches from Homeland Park to Broadway Lake Road to neighborhoods around Starr, and he doesn’t mind making dozens of loops in the same area if his method will yield a good traffic stop. He’s 24, and he has worked his way to road patrol after stints as a 911 dispatcher and a guard at the Anderson County Detention Center.
It’s a Saturday afternoon and a group of deputies is answering normal calls for service. Morgan is not with that group. He and about 20 other deputies are involved in Silent Night, a one-day, secret operation that emphasizes patrolling, running