Nine people were taken into custody and drugs were seized during a drug raid at a house in Thomson last Friday afternoon.
Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson said officers of his department executed a no-knock search warrant at a house on the 500 block of Bussey Avenue shortly before 4:30 p.m. There, officers discovered plastic bags of marijuana -- all of which was seized as evidence against those actually charged.
By Friday night, two of those taken from the scene by van to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center were released without charges being filed against them.
Those actually charged in the case were identified by jail records as:
Chris Bernard Walker, 36;
Brian Morris Walker, 27;
William Markey Walker, 31, all of the 500 block of Bussey Avenue, Thomson;
Phillip Aaron McIver, 31, of the 2000 block of Westlake Drive, Savannah;
Larry Donnell Brewer, of the 1000 block of Huntly Circle, Thomson;
Quantavious C. McGahee, 20, of the 1500 block of Salem Road, Thomson; and
Deangelo D. Barbour, 24, of the 1400 block of Salem Road, Thomson.
Charges against the seven suspects involve Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act -- ranging from possession of marijuana to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, jail records show.
"This is just the first phase," Chief Nelson said in reference to attempting to curtail drug activities in Thomson. "We're just beginning."
Chief Nelson, who was accompanied to the scene of the drug raid by Toombs Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Durwood Davis, said his department would be involved in many more of these types of operations in the future.