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Local, state lawmen arrest drug suspects in bust

Eight people were taken into custody at a trailer park in McDuffie County last Friday afternoon that yielded local and state authorities a quantity of marijuana, cocaine and cash.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson, said two were arrested and six detained for questioning at a doublewide mobile home off Dallas Drive about 3 p.m.

Even though all eight of the suspects were loaded onto a van belonging to the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department and taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson, only two of them faced criminal charges. Jail records show that Joseph Alexander Dove, 43, of the 1400 block of Dallas Drive, was the only one charged with drug violations. He faces one count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The other person charged was listed as James Earl Jackson, Jr., 26, of the 700 block of Washington Road, Thomson. Mr. Jackson was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant.

The other six suspects were questioned after being taken to jail and later released, according to Pat Morgan, assistant agent in-charge of the local GBI office.

All eight of the suspects were on the property of the doublewide at the time lawmen launched an explosive device into the residence, Agent Nicholson said. Several of the suspects ran out a back door into the arms of waiting lawmen. One of them attempted to flee, but was caught by a GBI Special Agent Tony Williamson. Another man was taken into custody as he mowed grass in the backyard.

Agent Nicholson said the raid was conducted by GBI agents, along with help of deputies from three sheriff's departments - McDuffie, Columbia and Richmond counties. An undisclosed amount of cocaine, marijuana and cash was seized during the raid. An estimated two dozen lawmen participated in the drug bust, which was spearheaded by the GBI.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall and several of his deputies participated in the roundup. They included Sgt. Mike Hobbs, Kerry Johnson, Kalvin Johnson and Barry Whitfield.



Web posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008













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