A drug bust in Metter netted seven arrests Wednesday after tips from residents regarding marijuana distribution.
Metter Police Chief Dennis Nelson said Metter police officers, along with officers from the Candler County Sheriff's Office, Tri-Circuit Drug Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the US Postal Inspectors Office, executed a search warrant Wednesday at a Lillian Street address.
"The search warrant was executed after law enforcement received information and citizen complaints concerning the distribution of marijuana from occupants of the residence," Nelson said.
While searching the home, "officers discovered quantities of marijuana and cocaine which were packaged for distribution," he said. "Officers also discovered a quantity of ‘molly,' which is a designer drug that has similar effects as Ecstasy."
According to drugfree.org, "molly" is considered to be pure MDMA, while Ecstasy is usually MDMA laced with caffeine or methamphetamine.
Nelson said officers also discovered numerous prescription pills and a firearm inside the home.
Police arrested Jonathan Joiner, 30, of Metter, on charges of possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of schedule II and III controlled substances, possession of firearm by convicted felon and possession of firearm during commission of crime.
Also, Kristian James Colwell, 23, of Metter; Clarence Littles Jr., 30, of Lyons; Henry Joiner, 27, of Metter; Trina Hughes, 23, of Metter, and Linda Meyers, 19, of Metter each were charged with possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of schedule II and III controlled substances.
John Rooks, 53, of Metter, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Nelson said he appreciated assistance from all involved in the investigation.
"It is very important we continue to aggressively pursue these drug cases since they have a direct correlation with other crimes in our community," he said.
The case is still under investigation and additional arrests are possible, he said. Anyone having any additional information on this case is asked to contact Investigator Justin Wells at (912) 685-2190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.