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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"He was throwing bags of dope, trying to get rid of them," said Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Bill Berry.


 The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit teamed with the Lee County Drug Unit to arrest two suspected drug traffickers, and it was all caught on camera.

Drug agents from Dougherty and Lee County teamed up to seize about $26,000 in drugs, and three guns.  One of those guns was stolen more than a decade ago. Albany Dougherty and Lee County Drug Unit agents moved in on 39 year old Earl Bridges Friday morning about 1AM as he ran around the Waffle House on Westover Boulevard.  Agents say you can see him throwing bags of drugs as he runs.

Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Bill Berry said "We recovered just under a half an ounce of heroin. Brown heroin.  Two ounces of methamphetamine.  90 plus pain pills."

Lee County drug agents gave ADDU agents information about drugs reportedly coming out of the 500 block of 9th Avenue, which they call a long time trouble area.  The ADDU commander said suspected dealers there knew their cars and faces, so Lee County's drug unit was needed to make the bust.

Berry said "And so what we did was doubled up Albany Dougherty Drug Unit agents with Lee County drug agents, using their vehicles, which were not known here." 

Drug agents say the man in the video is 39 year old Earl Bridges, now charged with trafficking in meth and heroin and 8 other charges.

They also arrested the driver of the car Bridges was in, 33 year old Gerald Kimsey Junior of Baconton.  Kimsey had more drugs and 3 guns in his car, including one that was stolen from an East Albany pawn shop in 1993.  Berry called it a significant bust.

Berry said "He buying it and redistributing it back on the street. We hope this will put at least a huge dent into the complaints from the 500 block of 9th Avenue.  This has been a sore spot for us for many, many months.:"

Bridges remains in the Dougherty County jail.  Kimsey was released on bond.

Albany Dougherty Drug agents continue their investigation, looking for more people involved in this drug organization.  Prosecutors will contact the D.E.A., the A.T.F., and the I.R.S. about these arrests, to see if they want to file federal charges against them.



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