Moultrie Observer

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June 21, 2007

Drug bust valued at $1 milion

MOULTRIE — Federal and multi-county task force agents took eight kilos of powder cocaine and an array of firearms off the streets of South Georgia Monday evening, linking the estimated $1 million bust to gangs with the potential of more arrests to come.

The impressive haul — one of the largest drug seizures in the Southwest Georgia for some time — also included automatic weapons, cars and cash. Nearly a dozen pistols, rifles and fully-automatic rifles were confiscated, some with silencers and scopes, some stolen. All were loaded and found along with 700 rounds of ammunition, a task force agent said.

“The message to those who decide to deal drugs and commit violent acts in furtherance of drug dealing is simple: We — law enforcement — are working together to put you out of business,” said FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Gerald D. Green.

Three arrests without incident resulting from the raid involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Southwest Georgia Task Force (a federal task force in which officers from Brooks, Colquitt, Lowndes and Thomas counties are federally deputized), the Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team and the combined Colquitt and Moultrie SWAT.

The six-month investigation continues, and for that reason the FBI and the task force withheld the names of those now in custody. More arrests are pending, authorities said.

“I won’t comment. This investigation is pending and very sensitive, and we’re still working on other parts,” Green said.

Drug raids occurred in the southern part of Colquitt County about 8 p.m. Monday, Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington said. The successful raid is part of a larger investigation that extends into other states and across international borders, Green said.

“I think a lot of your big time dope is coming off of the interstates, and they’re taking some of the other highways now. There’s no telling what’s coming through on (Ga. Hwy.) 319, a four-lane from Tallahassee to I-75,” Whittington said. “I know there’s been quite a few seizures on 19, 84, 39 in the western part of the state. I think a lot of folks are leaving the interstates because of drug interdiction teams, and that’s what is sending a lot of these people through other communities.”

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