A 23-year-old Thomson man was taken into custody following an eight-month undercover investigation by local authorities, with officers seizing crack cocaine, cash and a handgun.
Arrested was Jimmy Demarcus Wilburn, of the 400 block of Fourth Street, said Officer Matt Massey, of the Thomson Police Department, who spearheaded the probe. Officer Massey said Mr. Wilburn was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public park, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Mr. Wilburn was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.
Warrants charging Mr. Wilburn with those offenses were not served against him until early Aug. 13. His arrest followed the execution of a no-knock search warrant served at his residence shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 11, Officer Massey said.
When police officers entered Mr. Wilburn's residence, they found him sitting on a couch watching television. Officer Massey said a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun was found stuffed underneath a cushion near where Mr. Wilburn was seated, and officers found more than $3,600 in Mr. Wilburn's possession.
"We actually seized a total of $3,679 off of him," Officer Massey said.
In addition, officers discovered approximately 13 grams of crack cocaine on a dresser in a bedroom.
Two cars in the backyard also were searched. Two pit bulls, chained up near those cars, were taken for safekeeping to the local animal shelter.
At the time of Mr. Wilburn's arrest, his sister and niece were visiting. No charges were filed against them.
Aside from the drugs, cash and gun being seized, authorities also confiscated a big-screen television set.
"We believe drug money was used to purchase the television set," Officer Massey said.
Those involved in the drug bust aside from Officer Massey included Sgt. John James, Officer Adam Dye and Officer Alston Brassell. Also assisting police were Deputies Joey Akers and Jammie Henning with the Warren County Sheriff's Department. A police dog, Brixta, also was used in the search of the residence.