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York: Man arrested on drug charges after moving near elementary school
pot bust
Officers with the Statesboro Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit seized about four pounds of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cash, cell phones, drug paraphernalia and two firearms Tuesday during an incident where two local residents were arrested on drug charges. - photo by Special
    A man under investigation since March for drug dealing was arrested sooner than expected after he moved across the street from an elementary school, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    The  Statesboro Police Department Crime Suppression Unit, with help from the Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team and other law enforcement agencies, began investigating Anthony Lewis Randolph, 22, Brannen Street, “in reference to marijuana distribution,” he said.
    During the investigation, agents purchased approximately four pounds of marijuana from Randolph at an apartment complex near the Georgia Southern University campus, he said. Randolph is a student at GSU.
    But when Randolph moved to Brannen Street across from Sallie Zetterower Elementary School, “... investigators decided to conclude the investigation earlier than expected due to the proximity to” the school, York said.
    Statesboro Police CSU officers arrested Randolph Tuesday, and a search warrant served at his Brannen Street residence  yielded about “three to four pounds of marijuana ... along with a pistol, shotgun and quantity of U.S. currency,” he said.
    Police charged Randolph with five counts of marijuana sales, five counts of sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, two counts of use of communications facilities to violate provisions prohibited, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.  
     Mary Shavonne Coney, 22, College Lane,  also ended up behind bars in connection to the drug possession and sales, York said.
    “Moments before Randolph was arrested, investigators observed a female arrive at the residence and then leave minutes later carrying a large plastic bag,” he said.
    Police officers stopped Coney for a traffic offense and  found one pound of marijuana inside the plastic bag, he said. Officers charged Coney with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, he said.
    Both subjects are currently being held at BCSO awaiting further court action.
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Regional Drug Enforcement Office (Savannah) and Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team also assisted in the investigation, York said.

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