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Four arrested in drug bust

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Four people face drug charges following a raid Thursday morning on an apartment in which authorities found more than half a pound of marijuana and multiple pills.

Acting on a tip about possible marijuana trafficking, Clayton County Police got a warrant to search unit 709 at the Garden Woods Apartments, 1110 Garden Walk Boulevard, in College Park, Police Chief Jeff Turner said.

Police found approximately 283 grams of marijuana, more than half a pound, and a number of unidentified pills, Turner said. The marijuana had a street value of approximately $1,000, according to Turner.

Police said all of the adult suspects arrested resided in unit 709. One 15-year-old male was also detained and released to juvenile authorities, police said.

Laquez Bradford, 19, Chardea Caprice Bradford, 21, Roger Arnold, 23, and Rashaad Deantwane Arnold, 20, all face charges of marijuana possession and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

They were transported to the Clayton County Jail.

Turner said the four residents were "relatively new to the apartment complex."

"We commend the community for notifying us," he said.

Police said SWAT team members didn't encounter resistance during the raid, which took place at 6:20 a.m., but did encounter one suspect running toward a bathroom in what they believe was an effort to destroy evidence.

"We've been cracking down hard on drug dealers in the last two and a half years," Turner said.

"At some point you would think they would get the message that they are not wanted in Clayton County. We will use every resource at our disposal to find and prosecute them," he said.

Preliminary hearings are pending for all of those taken into custody in the raid.