Pound of pot, hundreds of pills; 2 arrested in Lowndes

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About 10:00 Thursday night, a Lowndes County deputy pulled over a Toyota Camry traveling north on I-75 at 88 miles per hour.

The deputy noticed the smell of marijuana in the car, and then learned the driver, Jacari Vereen, had no drivers license.

Deputies found a duffel bag in the car, which the passenger, Nathan Hillmon claimed as his. Inside the bag, deputies found approximately a pound of marijuana, 187 Alprazolam, and 87 Oxycodone tablets. These are both prescription medications which neither man had a prescription for.

Jacari Trevon Vereen, 20, of Somerset Drive in Lauderdale, FL., is charged with Driving with no license, and Speeding.

Nathan Moses Hillmon, 20, of North West 14th Avenue, in Dania, FL., is charged with Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute Possession of a schedule II drug, Oxycodone, Possession of a schedule IV drug, Alprazolam.

Both were taken to the Lowndes County Jail and will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court for an arraignment hearing this afternoon.

Alprazolam, a schedule IV narcotic commonly known by as Xanax, and is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Oxycodone, a schedule II drug is a semisynthetic opioid and is often prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain.

Sheriff Chris Prine said “This is a perfect example of our continued effort to fight the distribution of illegal narcotics. Intercepting this pair and the investigation by the deputies was a great job and prevented these drugs from ever making it to the street. We hope stopping the drugs here interrupted a drug dealers operation somewhere.”

Augusta man pleads guilty in friend’s shooting death

Every day for the past three years, Edward Yancey’s family has grieved. So has Deontre Hubert, who admitted Monday he was guilty in the fatal shooting of one of his best friends.

Hubert, 21, pleaded guilty in Rich­mond County Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter. Judge Michael N. Annis accepted the plea deal and sentenced Hubert to five years in prison followed by five years of probation.

Hubert and Yancey, 21, were at Club Fiesco on Peach Orchard Road to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31, 2012. A fight broke out in the club after midnight and the feuding parties were ejected, said Assistant District Attorney Deshala Dixon.

The most reliable witness to what occurred outside the club was the owner, Dixon said. He said he saw Hubert running alongside the club firing a gun into the air when he tripped, Dixon said. He believes the shooting was an accident.

Other witnesses could only testify that Hubert had a gun that night, Dixon said.

Hubert apologized to Yancey’s family, saying he never intended for anyone to be hurt that night, especially not his friend. He has lived with the guilt and will continue to live with it, Hubert said.

In a statement read by her daughter Monday, Yancey’s mother, Jackqueline Thompkins, expressed the family’s relief that the case was over but also their disappointment in the plea deal.

But, Thompkins wrote, the family doesn’t want two lives lost over a senseless act. Hubert needs to understand how precious every life is, she wrote.

Yancey was a student at Virginia College and working two jobs at the time of his death, according to his obituary.

Man wanted in Macon slaying found in Texas

A Macon man wanted in connection with the slaying of a Bibb County sheriff’s clerk has been arrested in Killeen, Texas.

According to a release on the Killeen Police Department’s website, Curtis DeWayne Jackson Jr., 22, was arrested without incident Sunday.

He is charged with murder in Macon in connection with the slaying of Vernard Mays, 23, on Oct. 27. Mays was fatally shot after answering the back door of his home on second street. Witnesses said several men were in the yard at the time.

The release stated that Killeen officers were alerted that Jackson was in the city and they located him.

Addonis Rhodes, 16, Jadarien Shamar Flowers, 19, Michael Dewayne Hardy Jr., 19, and Drayson MacDonald, 16, have already been charged in the case.

Anyone with information in the case can call the sheriff’s office at 751-7500 and leave a message for an investigator or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers and leave an anonymous tip at 877-68-CRIME.

4 accused of running prostitution ring at Clayton County hotels

She was only fed occasionally, had no cell phone or identification, and was forced to have sex and turn her proceeds over, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

But the unnamed girl is now back with her mother, and the four people accused of running a prostitution ring in hotels have been arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

An undercover investigation into alleged prostitution led deputies to a Days Inn hotel on Adamson Parkway in Morrow last week. A suspected prostitute led deputies into a room with several people inside, including a sleeping 1-year-old child, the Sheriff’s Office said. It was the same room where additional sex acts were to take place, investigators determined.

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Four people, including a juvenile boy, were allegedly running a prostitution ring out of various hotels, the Sheriff’s Office said in online Nixle alert.

“While the sex acts were taking place the group would hide in the bathroom, which is where the victim would take the money prior to performing the sex acts,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The girl, whose age was not released, was taken to a hospital before being released to her mother through the Division of Family and Children Services.

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Three suspects, Samtreshia Kiara Smith, 21, Gary Darrell Farrell, 19, and Twanecia Taquoyah Smith, 18, were arrested and charged with human trafficking, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, keeping a place of prostitution and deprivation of a minor. All three were being held without bond Tuesday afternoon at the Clayton County jail.

A fourth person, a juvenile, was charged with human trafficking and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and taken to a regional youth detention center.

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Methamphetamine Trafficking Arrests in Paulding County

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Dallas (Paulding County), GA – On Thursday, January 7, 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals, Loy Alpheus Windham, age 44, and Whitney Nicole Cinnamon, age 28, for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.  The charges were filed following an arrest conducted by Paulding County Deputies and Agents with the Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force.  These arrests were conducted following an ongoing three month narcotics investigation.

Windham and Cinnamon were arrested on January 7, in possession of approximately 1 kilogram of Crystal Methamphetamine and a small quantity of prescription pills. Windham and Cinnamon had pending charges from a previous search warrant served in December 2015 by deputies and agents at Windham’s residence located at 70 Kaiser Court Dallas, Georgia. The search warrant produced over 1 ounce of crystal methamphetamine, a small quantity of prescription pills, a stolen handgun, two vehicles, a motorcycle, and $4.038.00 of US currency.

Windham and Cinnamon were booked into the Paulding County Detention Center on a $82,900.00 cash bond.

4 Arrested in Washington County Drug Bust

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force say they arrested four people after searching a home in Sandersville, Ga.

According to the sheriff’s office, methamphetamine, prescription pills, a set of digital scales, and drug paraphernalia were found in a home on McDaniel Dr. Authorities arrested Tara Avant, 32, of Sandersville, Michelle Shaw, 40, of Sandersville, Phyllis Archer, 40, of Gibson, and James Phillips, 40, of Gordon. Phillps was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from Baldwin County, Ga.

Avant is charged with three felony counts: possession with Intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a schedule 2 drug, and unauthorized distribution, distribution, unlawfully maintaining structure or place. Additionally, Avant was served with an outstanding misdemeanor bench warrant. Shaw was charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence. Archer was charged with a misdemeanor count of drugs kept in original container.

Authorities say additional charges are possible, pending testing results from the GBI Crime Lab

Martinez Woman Caught in Nebraska With Nearly a Ton of Marijuana

A Martinez, Georgia woman is in a Nebraska jail, after being arrested in one of the state’s largest marijuana busts ever.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized more than 1,500 pounds of pot, worth an estimated $7.5 million, during a traffic stop on Lincoln’s west side.

Authorities say the pot was stuffed into duffel bags inside of an RV that was pulled over on Friday, January 15th.

Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says Isabella Mallar, of Martinez, and Rahman Nabavi of Alpharetta, Georgia were arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.

Another man from Alpharetta is expected to be charged with Conspiracy.

Mother and son arrested for shooting death of 8-year-old girl

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The mother and brother of an 8-year-old girl who died from a gunshot wound to the head were arrested in connection to the child’s death.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Quincy Lynch and 45-year-old Marsha Lynch.

Deputies responded to a home in the 400 block of Fairview Drive in reference to an accidental shooting. When they arrived, they discovered two victims with gunshot wounds. Marsha Lynch suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. Sharai Lynch suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Sharai died while en route to the hospital.

Officers say Marsha told authorities a semi-automatic weapon fell from a table and discharged once it hit the ground. She further told police that when the gun discharged, it struck her leg first, then traveled into the child’s head.

An autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab indicated the bullet entered Sharai’s head first, and then traveled through Marsha’s leg. Police say this information led them to believe the story about the gun falling off of a table and accidentally discharging is false.

Deputies requested the firearm used in the shooting be analyzed as well. The GBI crime lab determined the firearm was functioning properly and that it could not have accidentally discharged.

Marsha Lynch has been charged with obstruction. Quincy Lynch has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Both Marsha and Quincy have bonded out of jail.

 

Give me that car Pastor!

ATLANTA — Police are looking for two young suspects who took a woman’s car keys from her purse and then stole her car. The suspects walked into a church after Sunday services to commit the crime.

Salvation Word of Life Ministries officials were shocked when they looked at surveillance video and saw how young the two suspects were.

A surveillance camera at the entrance to the church shows two young kids, one who appears to be in his teens, and a second who may not even be a teenager.

Christine McDonald, wife of Pastor Hebrew McDonald, said one of the youths rummaged through her purse in a church hall while she wasn’t looking. “He had to hide behind one of the columns there so we couldn’t see him at all,” she said.

The theft happened at around 6PM Sunday. McDonald said her husband eventually realized their car was not in the church parking lot. “So I went rambling through my purse and I couldn’t find the keys and then I pulled my wallet out and I said, oh my God, my money is gone,” she said.

The surveillance video showed the younger boy guarding the front door as the older boy walked out with the car keys and money. One of the boys opened the McDonald’s car with the key and drove off.

“The skill and the ease and the sure gall, the brazenness of this, it lets me know that this is not the first time they’ve done it, and that’s sad,” said Reverend McDonald.

The McDonald’s car is a white 2011 Hyundai Equus with a Georgia handicap tag DP59QA.

The theft has left the McDonald’s both angry and disheartened. “We’re trying to be here for them and let them know that somebody does care,” Rev. McDonald said. “But I don’t know what has happened to this generation.”

“It really hurt me because they’re just children,” his wife said.

Anyone with information on the theft or the identification of the two boys is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).