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Man, juveniles arrested on drug charges in raid

A 21-year-old Thomson man and three juveniles were taken into custody on various criminal charges Dec. 15.

Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson identified the adult as Quitney Horton, of Salem Road. Mr. Horton was charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of obstruction on a law enforcement officer.

He was taken by police to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center, where he was jailed. He has since been released on bond.

Three juveniles, two age 14 and the other age 16, were charged with drug violations, Chief Nelson said.

Specifically, two were charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The third was charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and criminal trespass.

Chief Nelson said one of the juveniles had an ankle bracelet on because of a previous criminal offense.

"I can't understand why he was wearing an ankle bracelet and five miles away from his house when we took him into custody," Chief Nelson said. "He was already under house arrest for some other crime."

Police officers seized an undisclosed amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Chief Nelson said his department received a call from a concerned resident who suspected drug activity in and around a home on Salem Road.

The police chief and several of his officers said he appreciated the information.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Drugs are not just a police problem, they are a community problem," Chief Nelson said.

"I want the citizens of Thomson, Ga., to know that we, as police officers, are not just going to sit back and watch our youth and others destroy our neighborhoods with drugs, gang activity and other crimes.

"When they break the law, we're going to charge them and see to it that they are punished by our criminal justice system."

Web posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010

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