A package intercepted by the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team led to the seizure of more than 40 pounds of marijuana Thursday.
Authorities arrested two adults at a Pembroke home after drug agents saw children running for the woods, carrying bags and boxes containing marijuana and other items, said Capt. Rick Rountree, the head of the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team.
Jonathan McKinney, 33, of an undisclosed address in Brooklet, is charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance. Kahlihla Brown, 34, of an undisclosed address in Pembroke, is charged with trafficking marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a news release issued by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, which made the arrests.
The Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team intercepted a package containing about 10 pounds of marijuana meant for
delivery to the suspects, Rountree said. As the team held the package, the person who sent it continuously called the delivery company asking why it had not been delivered, he said.
The package had been sent to an address that doesn’t exist, he said. When the delivery company pointed this out, the caller asked that the package be sent to another address in Pembroke – the address where the suspects were located, he said.
“We called CNT (Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team), who was already in the process of writing a search warrant for the same address,” Rountree said. “We signed the package over to them,”
CNT agents had also intercepted a suspicious package destined for the U.S. Highway 280 home in Pembroke, he said.
CNT, Garden City Police Department, Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Tri Circuit Task Force were involved in the bust, in which the suspects were arrested around 4 p.m. Thursday.
According to reports, more than 40 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $52,000, a gun and $700 cash were seized.
The juveniles, ages 9-12, were told to “take the marijuana and run into woods behind the house,” CNT Agent Gene Harley told the Bryan County News. Brown ordered the children to hide the marijuana when drug agents appeared at the home. Harley said the children are not Brown’s but are related and were in her care at the time.
Both Brown and McKinney were taken to the Bryan County Jail, where they later posted bond, according to jail records.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.