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3 men in custody after drug raid at residence

Three men were taken into custody on various charges connected to a drug bust made at a home on Clary Street in Thomson on Friday night. The raid netted police a quantity of powdered cocaine and crack cocaine along with about $2,000 in cash.

Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway praised the work of his officers, saying, "They did a real good job. This was a pretty good size bust."

Arrested at the scene were the following suspects: Vontego Cemone Ray, 29, of the 900 block of Kennedy Circle, Thomson; Jarvis Lee Johnson, 17, of the 100 block of Kennedy Court, Thomson; and Calvin Marco Smith, 32, of the 3500 block of Radford Culberth Road, Dearing, according to records filed at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. The three still were being held there on Tuesday morning, a jail spokeswoman said.

Charges against the suspects include:

- Mr. Ray was charged with two counts of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) for trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine. He also was charged with one count of obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

- Mr. Johnson was charged with VGCSA for possession of marijuana.

- Mr. Smith was charged with two counts of VGCSA for trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine. He also was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The raid was made on a home at 610 Clary Street about 11 p.m., according to Officer Matt Massey. All three suspects were arrested there.

The drug bust followed weeks of investigative work by Officer Massey. He was aided in the case by Officer Adam Dye, Sgt. John James, Officer Alston Brassell -- all with the Thomson Police Department along with McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Alan Baldwin. Also assisting local lawmen were Warren County Sheriff's Department Deputies Joey Akers and Jammie Henning.

A quantity of powdered cocaine and crack cocaine was discovered in a wooded area in the backyard of the home by Deputy Baldwin. It was found after the lawman turned over an aluminum cooking pan. Several plastic bags, containing various amounts of illegal drugs were found.

In addition, authorities also seized a "make-up" box, containing assorted loose change.

Web posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009

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