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Commander say drugs a major problem

February 26, 2007

Albany -- Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Derrell Smith says drugs continue to be a major problem in Albany. In the last 20 days, A.D.D.U. agents have arrested 65 people, and confiscated more than $62,000 worth of drugs.

This is powder cocaine with a street value close to $4,000 that A.D.D.U. Drug Agents seized February 16th when they arrested 25 year old Kywandra Westbrook. Drug agents got a tip that she was selling the coke, and they found the nearly four ounces in her purse. She is charged with possession with intent to distribute.

 February 20th drug agents raided the Inns and Suites motel on East Ogelthorpe, where they say six people were selling marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy. Agents seized more than $3,500  worth of drugs, bagged and ready for sale. The six were charged with intent to distribute drugs, and selling them within one thousand feet of both parks and schools.

Major Smith said tips from concerned citizens help them make these busts.  Smith said "when we are getting that information in , we like to take advantage of it, and make as many cases as we can."

A cashier from the U-Save-It pharmacy on Meredyth Drive, 27 year old Amanda Peek, was arrested this month for stealing powerful pain relievers.

The pharmacy called in drug agents when they noticed a large amount of hydrocodone missing from their stock. Agents say Peek had some of the empty pill bottles with her when she was arrested.