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Valdosta police seize drugs, guns

August 13, 2007

Valdosta - Two men are arrested in Valdosta; police say they were attempting to fly drugs across two states.

Investigators say 30-year-old Derek Stephens and his passenger 28-year-old William Nichols chartered a Cessna plane from their home in Blairsville.

They were flying back from Sarasota but had to make an unexpected stop in Valdosta around 4:30 Monday morning.  "The pilot made attempts to fuel the aircraft here, and he also told us that he landed here in Valdosta because he underestimated how much fuel he needed for the flight," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.

They landed with their running lights off, drawing attention from an airport employee.  "He realized there was something that just wasn't right with this plane and the two people on board, and that's when he called the police," says Airport Director Bob Hollway.

Police arrived, searched the plane and seized two handguns, some cash and nearly 10 thousand dollars worth of marijuana."

Stephens and Nichols are both being charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell.  But more charges could be pending.  "We have contacted federal authorities, and now we are trying to ascertain if there are any other violation these two many face federally," Childress says.

And now over five pounds of marijuana are off Georgia streets.

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