By Kathy Jefcoats
A Locust Grove woman and her three adult children were charged this week with growing marijuana at their home.
The bust is one of several unrelated drug cases made in a week by local law enforcement officers who also reported seizing a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine from two Clayton County men.
The alleged drug cases were made through a joint effort by narcotics officers Scott Ryals, Chad Rosborough and Jay Pirtle from the McDonough and Hampton police departments.
Brenda Jean Lamb, 41, and children Joseph Matthew Lamb, 19, Joshua Michael Lamb, 20, and Laura Jean Lamb, 21, all of Cedar Ridge Road face a single charge of manufacturing marijuana after their arrest Wednesday.
Ryals said someone called police about marijuana growing on the family's back porch. Officers rode through the neighborhood and spotted a 4-foot plant outside. Inside, officers discovered seven-nine plants growing under lights.
All four were in Henry Magistrate Court Friday morning and waived their probable cause hearings.
Ryals said two Clayton County men were arrested Aug. 13 and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. They are due in Magistrate Court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing. Their bond can be set only by a Superior Court judge so they are being held in the Henry County Jail.
Luis Alberto Ruiz Guzman, 22, of Clara Drive, Riverdale and Dilma Deleon Pivaral, 22, of Sylvia Drive, Forest Park showed up at a local motel for a prearranged drug sale, said Ryals. In addition to an estimated half-pound of crystal methamphetamine, police found the men to be carrying $2,500 in cash.
"They were selling the half-pound for $7,000," said Rosborough. "What could they have made off it, who knows? You can break it down in smaller amounts and make a lot more from it."
In another, unrelated meth buy, the officers took about 3 ounces of the drug off the streets Thursday. David Garcia, 23, of Cleveland Avenue, East Point, Silvano Mendoza, 19, and Rafael Sanchez, 36, are all charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
According to Henry jail reports, Sanchez is homeless and Mendoza does not know his address in Atlanta.
Garcia, apparently a convicted felon, is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
Ryals said Garcia was driving and was carrying an automatic handgun in his belt. Sanchez was a front seat passenger with Mendoza sitting in the back. Ryals said officers set up the drug deal with the three at a convenience store on Ga. Highway 20/81.
Officers found crystal meth in a large bag and inside a square flashlight in the car.
On Wednesday, officers took another quarter-ounce of the drug off the street with the arrests of Stephanie Lauren Smith, 21, of Cambridge Court, Jonesboro and Charles Keith Fowler, 23, of Peachcrest Road, Decatur. Both are charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
On Aug. 12, the same officers arrested Randolph Mitchell Jr., 56, of Rosenwald Drive, Hampton, and charged him with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.
That same day, officers arrested a Jackson man and his homeless buddy for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Pirtle said Raymond Gray Stallings, 22, who has been staying in motels, and Keith Ryan Noles, 23, of Meadow View Drive, Jackson, were arrested at an ice cream stand on Ga. Highway 155.
In addition to taking money, guns and drugs away from suspected drug dealers, the officers will be filing notices to seize vehicles used in the alleged transactions.