Law enforcement officers seized 10 pounds of marijuana Thursday at a Cook Road residence and on the roadside along the path a suspect took while attempting to flee from pursuit.
Deputies arrested Brad Tuff after a chase that lasted more than 18 minutes through the southeast portion of the county, a Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The chase began near Tuff’s 162-E Cook Road residence and ended on Burgess Road.
The episode began when officers went to serve a search warrant at Tuff’s mobile home at about 3:45 p.m., said Steve Exum, commander of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team. Before they moved in, Tuff left with a package of suspected marijuana and deputies attempted to stop the Toyota Camry he was driving.
“During that chase he threw out about a half a pound of marijuana,” Exum said. “As deputies chased him, DET (officers) searched his home and found 10 pounds of marijuana.”
In addition to the pot, officers found more than 100 ecstasy pills and more than $12,000 inside the residence, Exum said. A small-caliber pistol also was seized.
Agents also recovered the half-pound of suspected marijuana that Tuff threw from the car, he said.
In addition to the haul of drugs and cash, the agency will seek to seize the Camry and a white SUV that was at Tuff’s residence.
Tuff, 32, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
In a separate incident, Carlos Devon Johnson, 34, 801 Fifth St. N.W., was charged June 27 with criminal attempt to traffic marijuana
Johnson was taken into custody after two men in Lowndes County were arrested with 13 pounds of marijuana in a car, Exum said. An officer stopped a Infiniti in which Daniel Prendergast, 23, of Kingston, Jamaica, and Netfa Clarke, 31, of Palm Bay, Fla., were traveling on I-75.
After a dog alerted on the vehicle, a search turned up 13 pounds of marijuana with a value of about $36,000, he said.
The men arrested in Lowndes County were on their way to deliver the marijuana to Johnson, Exum said.
Prendergast and Clarke were each charged by Lowndes County authorities with trafficking in marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.