2017-10-18 / Community

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Bainbridge - Santray Davis, 38, who was arrested in February for possession of methamphetamines and cocaine with intent to distribute, was arrested again Friday night for possession of cocaine.

Investigators Mark Esquivel, Chip Nix, Chris Avery and Larry Funderburke were patrolling known drug areas on the north side of Bainbridge. While patrolling, investigators stopped at a vacant residence to speak to two individuals sitting on the front porch. The owner of the property told investigators he had noticed people loitering around the home and wanted it to be checked out.

As the investigators approached the two men, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the subject, who was later identified as Davis. Esquivel asked for consent to search Davis, and Davis consented.

During the search, Esquivel located a white plastic box in Davis’ left cargo pocket. Esquivel removed the box and found a quantity of cocaine in the box. Nix also located two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes on Davis.

Davis has been in and out prison, Esquivel said. Davis is still out on bond from his arrest in February, and will probably not receive a bond for his latest arrest because of these additional charges.

Esquivel believes Davis is still dealing, but because of the quantity found on him at the time of the arrest they could not charge him with intent to distribute.

“Drugs not only lead to drug arrests and overdose, but also burglaries and criminal activities,” Esquivel said.

Blakely - Acting on information that illegal drug sales were taking place, sheriff’s investigators executed a search warrant at the Quail Motel Sept. 26 during which a quantity of marijuana packaged for sale was recovered.

It was determined that Trent Johnson, 27, of Arlington, who had an outstanding warrant for probation violation, was the tenant.

Johnson was arrested on the outstanding warrant and also faces new charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Sheriff’s authorities were assisted by State Department of Community Supervision Officers.

Also last week, after receiving information that a wanted Houston County felon was staying in a local motel, investigators set up surveillance of the area.

Sheriff’s investigators arrested Dominic Gee, 31, of Blakely on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 27. Investigators had learned Gee was wanted out of Houston County, Alabama.

Gee was spotted driving an older model Tahoe. Additional units conducted a traffic stop on River St., and Gee was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a small amount of marijuana, prescription pills which were not in the proper container, and a firearm.

Gee was arrested on the outstanding Alabama warrant, and also faces local charges of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana. Gee is currently being held in the Early County Jail.

Camilla - On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Officer Robby Cassidy made a traffic stop on North Butler Street with a black 2008 Chevrolet Impala which was driven by Dontavius Dashaun Almond.

During the traffic stop, Officer Cassidy smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officer Cassidy searched the vehicle and located an orange pill bottle holding a baggie containing a green leafy substance that appeared to be spice and a clear baggie that contained a white powdery substance inside it that appeared to be cocaine. Also during the search another bag was found inside the pocket of the door that contained marijuana.

Drug Commander Michael Hall field tested the marijuana and cocaine and the field test showed positive results.

All the drugs will be sent to the crime lab to be tested and identified. At this time Drug Commander Michael Hall will be obtaining arrest warrants on Dontavius Almond for failure to dim headlights, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of a controlled substance (spice).

Dawson - The family of a Terrell County inmate who died while in state custody wants to know what happened to their daughter.

Santana Johnson, 32, died on September 23.

Johnson’s mother said her daughter had been in the Terrell County jail for just over a week when she passed away.

She told us she is still seeking answers into how her daughter died.

Details of her death have not been released by authorities, and the Terrell County Sheriff asked the GBI to handle the investigation.

Autopsy results are still pending from the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.

Fort Gaines - The Fort Gaines Police chief has requested the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after two people were found dead early Thursday morning.

The GBI is now investigating after Charlie Smith, 29, and Manuelito Jackson were found dead at a residence in the 200 block of College Street.

According to the GBI, officers were dispatched to the home around 1:05 a.m. in reference to gunshots.

Police then found both victims.

Autopsies will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.

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