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Thomas Co. drug agents continue to see increase in case load

Thomas County narcotics agents said they are seeing a big increase in their case-load so far this year. (Source: WALB) Thomas County narcotics agents said they are seeing a big increase in their case-load so far this year. (Source: WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Thomas County narcotics agents said they are seeing a big increase in their case-load so far this year.

March and April's numbers were close to or more than double the amount of cases as last year.

In March, the Thomas County drug squad worked 109 cases.

In April, they worked 64, both of these numbers much higher than compared to 2017 where the unit worked 41 cases for both March and April months.

All of this - and agents said they are seeing more exotic type drugs than ever before.

Drug squad commander Louis Schofill said they have seen numerous spice cases, as well as something called marijuana wax.

Agents said suspects arrested for the marijuana wax tell them that they switched over to this synthetic marijuana because its a more powerful high, overall being cheaper as a whole.

Schofill said it is similar to medical marijuana and was packaged professionally.

"No we've gotten it a couple times, but this is the first time we've seen it in packaging like that, I would refer to it as professional packaging. Not just wrapped up in a baggie like someone did in their kitchen," said Schofill.

In April, drug squad agents also arrested the same guy three separate times.

So they are still seeing repeat offenders with drug cases.

Drug agents said getting guns off the streets and out of the hands of convicted felons is a top priority.

Five guns were recovered last month during arrests.

Drug squad agents said that usually results in more charges, if the person is in possession of a firearm while committing a felony, or is a convicted felon.

Agents said it's becoming more common to find guns during drug arrests.

"That's always good to get guns off the streets before they are used for any kind of illicit manor or on accident, getting in the wrong hands," said Schofill.

In April, two cars and more $1,500 in cash were seized during arrests.

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