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Investigation leads to arrest, seizure of crack and vehicles

Crack cocaine, nearly $4,000 in cash and the seizure of two vehicles has led to a 32-year-old Thomson man being arrested following a drug bust late last Friday night.

The investigation, which was spearheaded by the Thomson Police Department with assistance from the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, had been underway for several weeks, according to Thomson Police Officer Matt Massey.

Christopher Antonio Moss, of the 800 block of Betsy Branch Drive, was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug-related objects and tampering with evidence, Officer Massey said.

Mr. Moss, who was said to be unemployed, was taken by Officer Pat Sanders to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. He still was awaiting bail Sunday, a jail spokeswoman said.

A search warrant was executed shortly before 10 p.m. at the residence of Michelle Farmer on the 800 block of Betsy Branch Drive, Officer Massey said. Ms. Farmer was taken to the police station for questioning by Investigator Jamie Bridges.

She later was released without any charges being filed against her, Officer Massey said.

As officers and deputies were pulling up at the residence, Officer Massey said Mr. Moss was spotted breaking down a carport door to get back inside the residence of his girlfriend.

After gaining entry into the dwelling, Mr. Moss fled to a bathroom where he reportedly was caught flushing drugs.

A worker with the City of Thomson Water and Gas Department was called to the scene to cut off the water, enabling Officer Massey to retrieve a little more of the illegal drug for evidence purposes.

Officer Massey said almost $4,000 was seized along with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and GMC Suburban.

Taking part in the drug bust from the Thomson Police Department was Officer Massey, Investigator Bridges, Officer Sanders and Sgt. John James. Deputies Alan Baldwin and Jared Land participated from the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.

Web posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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