ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Agents of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit announced Monday that they have four people behind bars after they completed two separate investigations over the past two weeks.
"We always have to be two steps ahead of the traffickers," explained Albany Dougherty Drug Major Prurince Dice. "We're not stagnant. We're always thinking ahead."
Dice said in a press conference his team has been working hard the past two weeks.
Agents confiscated the following after the raids:
- over 10 pounds of marijuana valued at over $12,000
- an American Tactical AR-15 rifle and 96 rounds of ammunition, valued at several hundred dollars
- a Smith & Wesson .380 pistol valued at $200
- $17,275 of crack cocaine
- $45 of marijuana
- $45 of powder cocaine
- $60 of oxycodone pills
- $1,510 of methamphetamine
- $70 of heroin
In the past two weeks, the unit got a substantial amount of drugs off the streets.
They arrested four people in the process.
Demetrius Johnson, 39, was found with more than $19,000 of illegal drugs, including crack and powder cocaine as well as oxycodone, meth and heroin.
"There is no doubt in my mind he is connected to several other people in this community," explained Dice.
Major Dice said Johnson is considered one of the mid to upper-level dealers in Albany.
"We are continuing our efforts to go after anybody who is associated with Mr. Johnson," said Dice.
Johnson is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of drug-related not in the original container and driving with a suspended license.
Agents seized much of the drugs during a traffic stop. The rest when they searched his home in the 300 block of West Mercer Avenue.
During a separate investigation, agents arrested three people after finding thousands of dollars worth of marijuana.
Agents arrested Shakrya Horton, Christian Carter Jr as well as Christian Carter III, who are father and son in the past two weeks.
Dice said a search warrant came after getting word from the U.S. postal service they had a package addressed to the home of the Carter's with suspected drugs.
"We suspect there are more people here that are involved in this type of operation or organizational style drug trafficking," said Dice.
Agents also found a loaded AR-15 rifle with several rounds as well as a .380 revolver during the search at their home in the 200 block of Patrol Drive.
Christian Carter Junior is being charged with trafficking marijuana. Christian Carter III is charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and reckless conduct. Dice said he was combative with agents when they entered the house. Shakyra Horton is charged with possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and reckless conduct.
Major Dice said it worries him to see all of these drugs on the streets. He said he is happy the city has been putting forth many different efforts to try and combat the drug problem, specifically the opioid problem that's sweeping the nation.