Dougherty County man faces life in prison for drug trafficking
Dash cam footage of Green jumping out of the car to throw a bag police say was a kilo of cocaine
The recovered package containing a kilo of cocaine
Dash cam footage of Greene attempting to flee police
Greene giving himself up to police after the chase
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
A Dougherty County man faces a possible life prison sentence for drug trafficking. Wednesday, the grand jury indicted Gregory Greene on nearly 30-counts.
A clear piece of evidence in the case is clear dash cam video of him tossing a big package of cocaine into the Flint River.
Greene has been convicted before for drug related crimes in Dougherty County. If he's convicted this time, he may permanently lose his freedom.
The single act of throwing a package that appeared to contain cocaine into the Flint River could have sealed Gregory Greene's fate.
"He's looking possibly at life. At minimum," said Gregory Edwards, Dougherty County District Attorney.
Wednesday, the Dougherty County Superior Court indicted Greene on 29 counts related to evading police and trafficking cocaine.
"Part of the evidence that was recovered was cocaine...a kilo of cocaine that's alleged to have been involved in this particular case. The street value of that cocaine would be about $100,000," said Edwards.
In early January Green led officers in a pursuit through Albany after they tried to pull him over for a minor traffic violation. His passenger, Cassandra James, was also arrested and faces numerous counts.
"They're charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and trafficking cocaine among other charges including felony attempting to flee," Edwards said.
Dash cam footage shows Greene cutting through a parking lot in a black Dodge Challenger and driving on the wrong side of Oakridge Drive. Police said he got up to 85 miles-per-hour as he weaved in an out of traffic.
And footage shows him swerving across the road at the end of the chase, where he jumped out of the car and threw what appeared to be the kilo of cocaine off the bridge.
"He's already been convicted twice for drug distribution issues," said Edwards.
Edwards said he's confident evidence will keep Greene behind bars.
"We believe we have a case that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt in this particular instance. And certainly we will be doing steps to do that as the case progresses," he said.
Edwards also said the crime could be part of a larger cocaine problem in Albany. He said the Albany Dougherty drug unit is constantly working to fight drugs.
Police said Green didn't know the cocaine was vacuum sealed in several plastic bags so it floated when he threw it into the water. They said the drugs were intact when recovered from the water.
Greene remains in the Dougherty County Jail where he's been since that day when he tossed that package over the bridge.