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Suspected drug suppliers caught in McDonough

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Authorities say a Clayton County couple, arrested during a traffic stop earlier this week, is responsible for supplying drugs to street-level dealers in Henry County.

Andrew Hamilton Spinks, 23, of Morrow and his 18-year-old wife, Ambrea Charlene Spinks, each face charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The two were arrested at the intersection of Ga. Highway 155 and Old Griffin Road, in McDonough.

According to Maj. Scott Ryals, with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, Ambrea Spinks had been driving the couple's white Oldsmobile, with her husband in the passenger seat, when she was pulled over for a tag violation and running a stop sign.

The agent said the officer who conducted the stop quickly became suspicious of the couple, and began to search the car. The couple then told police there was marijuana in the vehicle.

"Approximately one-fourth to one-half pound of marijuana was located under the passenger seat," Ryals said. "Also located in the car was a .380 automatic handgun."

The couple was then transported to the McDonough Police Department, where authorities further questioned them about their involvement with the drugs.

Police learned the husband and wife allegedly delivered drugs to local dealers. Officials said they suspect the couple may have been doing so for several months.

McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey said the drug arrests are a positive step for the department, in working to eradicate the presence of narcotics in the city.

"We have zero tolerance for drugs, and we're committed to cleaning up the drug problem in McDonough," he said.

Andrew and Ambrea Spinks were released Wednesday from the Henry County Jail, on $10,100 bond each. Their cases were bound over to Henry County Superior Court Thursday.