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40 pounds of marijuana and cash seized from Lee County home

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 40 pounds of marijuana and 15 thousand dollars in cash have been seized from a home and car in Lee County.

Law officers conducted a day-long, two county raid which included several Albany businesses. Law officers swarmed Marty Boatright's house in the Huntingdon Subdivision in Lee County.

They'd been watching him for months, and made their move after he made a traffic violation.

"He ran a stop sign in front of a Lee County Deputy and they found the marijuana and from there it went," said Special Agent in Charge Mike Lewis, GBI-Sylvester.

From there, they got search warrants for his house. Inside, they found drugs, guns and cash.

"We recovered another 40 pounds of marijuana and about $15,000 and two weapons one of which was stolen," said Lewis.

People who live near him in this quiet Lee County neighborhood were surprised.

"We have children out here playing all the time riding bikes and everything so it's very shocking knowing that you live around the corner from someone who would be in that line of work," said Candita Stanley, a neighbor.

A line of work that investigators say led them down a trail of crime. In fact, it was a receipt found in Boatwright's car that lead law enforcement to issues search warrants for businesses in Albany including Evolutions where records were seized.

"He is either the owner or part owner in both of those businesses," said Lewis.

Investigators also seized business records from Platinum Sounds on Slappey Boulevard. Neighbors say the events have them keeping a more watchful eye on their streets.

"Now that the neighborhood knows about it, we'll be a little more aware, a little bit more watchful," said Stanley.

Investigators say the arrest wouldn't have been possible without a collaboration between Lee and Dougherty County law enforcement who will continue to work together on this case.

For now Marty Boatright is being held on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Investigators say, there will likely be more arrests in this case.


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