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ADDU drug bust worth more than $100,000

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – A huge drug bust in Albany. Two men are in jail after drug agents found nearly $100,000 worth in marijuana and cocaine and nearly $12,000 in cash inside a Cadillac Escalade.

 The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit says the seizure and arrests will put a dent in the drug trafficking problem in the city.

Drug agents found that Escalade parked on the 900 block of Willow Wood Drive. They checked it out and found bag after bag of marijuana, cocaine, and cash inside. Agents say they arrived just in time to prevent a hefty delivery.

Several pounds of marijuana and cocaine sit on a desk, with a street value of nearly $100,000 was found stashed inside a Cadillac Escalade Friday night.

"Officers have been working on this case for about 3 or 4 weeks and they happened to check the area and spotted them," said ADDU Commander Major Bill Berry.

The Escalade was parked outside Willow Wood apartments. When agents approached the vehicle, they immediately smelled the drugs inside.

"They searched the truck and recovered just under 10 pounds of marijuana, just over a half kilo of cocaine and 11,716 dollars in cash," said Berry.

Officers say 34-year-old Quintard Wright and 35-year-old Antonio Pride were transporting the drugs. They were arrested on the scene.

Berry said, "It's a real good lick in the drug war."

ADDU had been receiving tips of drug activity in the area and on the two suspects, which played a vital role in the seizure.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said, "It was through information coming in that kept this poison out of the system of our people."

"Sooner or later they're going to have to go somewhere else for drug trading. We're not going to tolerate it anymore," said Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul.

Both men are charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and trafficking drugs within 1000 feet of a housing project.

Edwards said, "You know these guys were planning on trying to let us have a white Christmas but this is not the kind of white Christmas we need here in Dougherty County."

Now they'll spend Christmas in jail. As you can imagine this was not your typical bust. agents consider this a very substantial drug seizure.

The two men driving the Escalade don't own it, that's the next phase of the investigation trying to determine if the vehicle owner had anything to do with the drug trafficking.

ADDU agents say they are looking into working with the US attorneys office to file federal charges in this case.

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