Moultrie Observer

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November 5, 2012

Drug busts in Doerun, Moultrie

DOERUN — A nine-month investigation into an alleged drug operation that law enforcement said drew crack cocaine buyers to Doerun from as far away as Camilla resulted in two arrests.

The number of customers drawn to Minnesota Quarters was not lost on the neighbors of Ricky Lee Alford Sr. and Derick Devon Alford, said Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team Cmdr. Steve Exum.

“We had received a bunch of complaints about the distribution of drugs,” he said. “We had a bunch of complaints about traffic in and out.”

The complaints led the task force to set up surveillance both by video camera and agents for more than nine months.

“We’ve made traffic stops of people attempting to buy drugs from them,” Exum said. “He was a distributor in Moultrie and Colquitt County. We have seen them come from Sale City, Camilla and a lot of people in that (Doerun) area.”

At about 3 p.m. Thursday officers served a search warrant at the Alfords’ residence at 155 Minnesota Quarters. The men tried to destroy the cocaine but a small amount was seized, Exum said, along with a small amount of marijuana.

Ricky Alford is charged with two counts sale of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Derick Alford was charged with party to the crime of sale of cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

“Our investigation is going to continue of people we know have bought at that house,” Exum said. “We’re going to try to continue to identify the buyers.”

In another investigation, officers on Friday afternoon searched the 221 Third Street Northwest residence of Darius Demetruis Martin, 25, and Yolanda Artis, 23.

The house, where another drug bust was made in the past in which different people were arrested, was under surveillance for about two months prior to the search.

Officers found about a half pound of marijuana and 12 grams of cocaine, Exum said. Martin tried to run out of the back of the residence but was caught by officers.

He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, sale of marijuana and parole violation.

Artis was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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