Drug dealers may be looking for better places to hide their drugs after a Sheriff’s Deputy found a brown plastic bag containing marijuana and crack cocaine underneath a bush at an abandoned house on Butler Street on March 17.
According to a report by Upson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tonica Rutledge, she was dispatched to a house on MLK Street in response to a call on suspected drug activity. She talked to the resident, who said they were sitting on their porch and smelled burnt marijuana. Looking out, they saw four males standing in front of the house, and they asked them to move on. The resident said one of the males placed a brown plastic bag under a bush at a nearby abandoned house.
The resident led Dep. Rutledge to the house on Butler Street, and Rutledge found the brown plastic bag. Opening it, she found 30 plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and 10 yellow rock substances believed to be crack cocaine in another plastic bag. The drugs were confiscated and the incident is under investigation.
Sheriff’s investigators are also looking into several thefts and burglaries that have occurred recently. On March 15, a house on Thompson Road was broken into and a brown gas propane heater valued at $300 and a white surveillance camera system valued at $200 was taken.
On March 20, a burglary was reported at a camping trailer on Mathis Lake Road. The owner said he is from Columbus, but is working for Keadle Lumber and parked the trailer on Mathis Lake Road to make his commute shorter. He said he found someone had pried the door open and taken a small TV valued at $50, a pair of walkie-talkies valued at $50, a home music system valued at $30, a $15 alarm clock, three pocketknives with a total value of $75, and a half pint of brandy valued at $15.
A man on Highway 80 who collected broken car parts to sell for scrap told deputies that on March 23, someone stole 10 broken car radiators, 10 pounds of stripped copper wire, and 40 used car batteries from his backyard behind his barn.