MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - An overnight house fire has landed a Moultrie woman in jail.
34-year-old Ebony Sheffield is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute after police found three pounds of marijuana, three scales and plastic bags, following a fire at a house located in the 1000 block of First Avenue, Northwest early Wednesday.
Sheffield was inside the home when the fire started but was not injured.
Officer Sandra Matthews saw flames coming out of a residence while patrolling and decided to check on the house.
"The officer drove over to investigate. To ensure everybody was safe," said Moultrie Deputy Chief Rob Rodriguez.
"Trying to determine what was the cause of the fire... it was determined that there was about three pounds of marijuana in the house," said Rodriguez.
But that wasn't all. "She had several items that would be commonly associated with that."
Police say they found three scales and various sized plastic bags.
So the resident of the home, 39 year old Ebony Sheffield, was arrested with possession of marijuana and intent to distribute.
And the investigation is on-going.
"They're going to try to find the source of where the drugs came from," said Rodriguez.
"I'm sure that it may lead to other information and maybe even other arrests."
But Deputy Chief Rob Rodriguez says finding drugs in situations like this is not all that uncommon.
"People that are involved in illegal drugs, in the sale or distribution of them will hide them in any area, stash them in any location."
The Moultrie Police Department issued this news release-
An officer with the Moultrie Police Department noticed flames coming from the area of the 1000 block of 1st Avenue NW Moultrie. When the officer arrived, she discovered the residence of 1009 1st Avenue NW engulfed in flames, and later the discovery of approximately 3 pounds of marijuana.
Officer Sandra Matthews noticed flames coming from the residence of 1009 1st Avenue NW Moultrie and quickly called notified the Moultrie Fire Department. When Officer Matthews arrived she determined that no one was in the residence as members of the Moultrie Fire Department extinguished the fire.
During the post incident investigation, approximately 3 pounds of marijuana was discovered inside the smoldering residence and was still intact. The resident, Ebony L. Sheffield, 39, of Moultrie, Georgia, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute.
Chief Frank Lang said, "Although the investigation is on-going, the officers and fire service personnel involved in this investigation embody the dedication and commitment all of our residents in this community deserve."
Sheffield is currently in the Colquitt County Jail on the charges listed above.