Car wash offers far more than soap

Car wash offers far more than soap
Stryde Jones
Stryde Jones

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Citizen complaints about suspicious activities at the Right Choice Car Wash on East Hill Avenue led investigators to check it out Tuesday.

"Our investigators, over a period of time, had received numerous citizen tips and information about activities goin' on at the car wash," said Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones.

They saw the exchange of a package between the operator of the business, Jacob Mitchell, and two other people. Officers found two pounds of marijuana, and $7,300 in cash.

The men in the car, Richardo Burke and Stafford Beckford were arrested, and the car wash was searched. Officers found which bags and scales, items commonly used for packaging and weighing of marijuana, and a large number of counterfeit DVD's, CD's that were advertised as being for sale, and the electronic equipment for the production of the disc.

All three men were taken to the Lowndes County Jail and will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court for an arraignment hearing where bond will be considered.

Jacob Tawain Mitchell, 33, is charged with Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, Possession of marijuana within 1000' feet of a park, and Possession of the tools for the commission of a crime.

Richardo Roland Burke, 35, of Jamaica, is charged with Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Stafford Anthony Beckford, 38, of Jacksonville, is charged with Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

As of Wednesday afternoon, none of the three were facing charges related to the counterfeit CDs and DVDs, but Jones said charges could be filed by the end of the week or early next week. "That takes a little more time. We've got to actually authenticate the fact that they are counterfeit," explained Jones. "We'll be working with the Recording Industry of America and getting them to help us out on that."

The sheriff's office is continuing to investigate and more arrests could be coming in the future related to this incident.

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