Moultrie Observer

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February 4, 2011

Drug bust on Denham Road

Two charged; marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy seized

MOULTRIE — A joint task force seized a significant amount of drugs Friday afternoon and made two arrests.

Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team (DET) Commander Sgt. Steve Exum said a search warrant was executed at 171 Denham Road near Indian Lake about 12:40 p.m. Friday. Upon searching the house, agents confiscated about seven pounds of marijuana, about 60 grams of cocaine, six ecstasy pills, a gun and an unknown amount of cash. The combined street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $12,200.

Jonathon Demond Ryles, 29, of 1330 Highway 319 N., Lot 92, in Norman Park, and Justin Wallace Patillo, 24, of 624 Oak Circle, were at the house and placed under arrest, Exum said. He said they will face drug and weapons charges, but a list of the exact charges against them was not available.

The DET had received anonymous tips and numerous complaints about the house and its occupants, Exum said, and agents had also been working on the area for a while before serving the warrant.

He said the house had been set up as a distribution point for cocaine and marijuana, as packing materials and scales were also seized.

In addition to the DET, Exum said the Moultrie-Colquitt County SWAT Team, FBI Gang Task Force, parole officers and Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted with the operation. Although the Gang Task Force was involved, there was no evidence found that the operation was gang-related.

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