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2 arrests linked to drugs, recent burglaries

Police: Searched home a ‘significant’ source of crack cocaine

2 arrests linked to drugs, recent burglaries

2 arrests linked to drugs, recent burglaries

Verna Lanier

The Friday morning search of a Maple Street home police called a "source for the distribution of a significant amount of crack cocaine" also yielded items stolen in recent area burglaries.

Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Statesboro Police Department Crime Suppression Unit officers involved in a burglary and narcotics investigation executed a search warrant and arrested Demetrius Lavelle Lee, 25, of East Jones Avenue, and Verna Lanier, 59, of Maple Street, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.

"Investigations revealed that stolen property from recent burglaries was being held at the residence," Turner said. "Investigators also learned that the residence was a local source for the distribution of a significant amount of crack cocaine."

The search yielded more than $3,600 worth of crack cocaine and $840 worth of marijuana, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash, Turner said.

"Two televisions that were reported stolen in two different burglaries earlier this year were also recovered during the search," he said.

Lee was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug-related objects and theft by receiving stolen property.

Lanier was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and marijuana possession.

Lanier was released from the Bulloch County Jail on bond while Lee remains in jail without bond, according to jail records.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

Anonymous tips may be submitted online at or by sending a text message beginning with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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