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Thomson police seize drugs and money during arrest

A 22-year-old Thomson man, taken into custody following a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend last Friday, is facing drug charges for the fourth time in two years, according to local authorities.

Seized from a Thomson residence by police was more than a 1½ lbs. of marijuana and more than $1,000 in cash.

Cpl. Josh Caston of the Thomson Police Department identified the suspect as Kennyel Ameere Mathis, of the 400 block of Lilac Lane. Mr. Mathis was charged with one count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one count of Violation of the Georgia Family Violence Act for battery, Cpl. Caston said.

The woman received a facial injury, the police officer said.

Mr. Mathis was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson where he remained Monday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Cpl. Caston, who was assisted in making the arrest by Officer Alston Brassell, said he received a tip from someone about where the marijuana could be found. It was discovered in a trash can outside a residence where the domestic disturbance had occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m.

Police also found Mr. Mathis in the possession of $1,017.06, which was seized and believed to have been proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

It marks the fourth time in two years that Mr. Mathis has been arrested by law enforcement authorities in connection with drug violations. On March 28, 2007, the Thomson resident was arrested by deputies with the Greene County Sheriff's Department and charged with VGCSA for felony possession of marijuana. Then, on Feb. 5 of this year, police in Thomson charged him with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, records show.

Mr. Mathis also was charged with VGCSA for felony possession of marijuana and had a quantity of cash seized in a March 27 arrest this year by Deputy Alan Baldwin of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.

Web posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008

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