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Lee County's "biggest cocaine dealer" off the streets

Russell Leon Jenkins (Lee County Sheriff) Russell Leon Jenkins (Lee County Sheriff)

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 8, 2008

SMITHVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Lee County Sheriff's office arrested Russell Jenkins of Smithville, a man they say they've been after for years.   Prosecutors say they'll try to get life in prison for Jenkins, on federal charges.  

Investigators say busting drug dealers in Smithville isn't easy. They won't sell to anyone they don't know. They've even tried bringing in undercover agent from Atlanta and had no luck. After ten years they've finally shut down Russell Jenkins.

"He was distributing it all around, in other counties also," says Lee County Sheriff Harold Breeden.

 Last week they watched as Jenkins drove several people from his home around Smithville. Now they say he was allowing them to smoke crack they bought from him. After stopping Jenkins to serve an arrest warrant for possession of tylenol with codiene and found cocaine in the truck.

"After the cocaine was found in his truck, the narcotics squad took a search warrant for his residence, and approximately 91 grams of cocaine, crack cocaine was found with packaging materials and all," Breeden said. 

They also found $1,400 in cash.

Jenkins was awaiting trial for an intent to distribute charge from last April and he served three years in jail after being convicted of two counts of sale and intent to distribute in 1997.  "We won't have to worry about him no more, I think he'll probably get life on this one," Breeden said. "That's what federal prosecutors plan to ask for and as for Smithville, Smithville should feel safer down there now."

With Jenkins behind bars and investigators watching closely for anyone who might try to replace him. In addition to the cocaine, investigators say Jenkins also distributed various prescription drugs.

The case will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency who hope to make additional arrests.

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