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Multiple-agency drug raid nets 1 arrest

Local and state law enforcement authorities raided a house on Sunday night in Thomson in search for illegal drugs and other items.

Initially there were seven persons handcuffed and questioned by authorities, but only one of those persons was arrested. The others were set free.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall identified the man taken into custody as 30-year-old Nathaniel Few. Mr. Few was arrested on a probation warrant and one count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, Sheriff Marshall said.

Mr. Few was transported to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center shortly before 9:30 p.m. by Officer Clay Hammond of the Thomson Police Department.

The search was conducted by deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department along with officers with the Thomson Police Department and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.

Sheriff's Investigator Al Reeves said a search warrant was executed at a residence at 644 Ellington Avenue shortly before 8 p.m.

Sheriff Marshall said the house is frequently visited because it is a known "bootlegger house."

He said the occupants of the house were not being charged "at this time."

During the search, authorities along with two drug dogs -- of them being Fredy from the Thomson Police Department and the other one, Neeka from the Warren County Sheriff's Department, searched the concrete block house as well as some vehicles and nearby woods.

Those participating in the raid from the sheriff's department, aside from Sheriff Marshall and Investigator Reeves, included Deputies Jared Land, Alan Baldwin and Jeff Norton. The police department was led by Chief Joseph D. Nelson, Investigator Jamie Bridges, Sgt. John James, and Officers Matt Massey, Pat Sanders and Clay Hammond.

Web posted on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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