By Joel Hall
Two days of raids by the Clayton County Police Department on three suspected Riverdale drug houses, have put six suspects behind bars - including a contract nurse who worked at the DeKalb County Jail.
Police stormed one house Thursday and two Friday morning.
They identified the nurse as 31-year-old Hillary Hanshaw. Others arrested in the raids were Charles Hill Wayland, 26; Alecia McClarin, 28; Jabari Amon Malone, 33; Pierre Lumpkin, 26, and Lonnie Denton, 27. All face drug-related charges.
Hanshaw was arrested Friday at a residence on Lexington Court in Riverdale. She works as a nurse for CorrectHealth Inc., a contractor which provides medical services to the DeKalb County Jail, according to Mikki Jones, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.
"She will not be allowed back into the jail, and her access card has been deactivated," said Jones. "If it hasn't, it will be."
Suspects at 120 Lexington Ct., and 197 Hawthorne Dr., were arrested Friday morning when the Clayton County Police Narcotics Unit entered both homes around 11 a.m. The two homes - less than 700 feet from each other - were the subject of regular complaints from neighbors, according to Clayton Police Chief Jeff Turner.
"A lot of this has come from the complaints of concerned citizens," Turner said. "They've been seeing a lot of activity at the houses all times of day or night - a lot of cars stopping at the home and driving off after a few seconds."
He said prior to the raids, undercover officers purchased drugs at the locations.
A Chevy Caprice Classic with four flat tires, a white Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with a broken headlight, and a newer-model Mercedes C320 lined the driveway of the Lexington Circle house. Shortly after 11 a.m., an entourage of 25 SWAT, special operations and narcotics officers executed a no-knock warrant on the house, ramming the door and following up with a series of flash grenades.
Three people were arrested at the Lexington Circle house. Hanshaw was charged with marijuana and cocaine possession, and theft by receiving a stolen firearm.
Lumpkin was charged with marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy possession, and theft by receiving a stolen computer monitor.
Denton was charged with marijuana and cocaine possession, and theft by receiving a stolen firearm, police said. Officers recovered surveillance equipment and a stolen shotgun.
Police executed a "knock and talk" warrant at the Hawthorne Drive house. A late-model Cadillac DeVille there bore a bumper sticker reading, "clergy."
Officers found seven people in the home, including a small child.
While several suspects were detained at the Hawthorne address, only Jabari Amon Malone was arrested - for allegedly possessing 60 grams of suspect marijuana. Turner said the police would pursue child endangerment charges against the residents of the home.
Around 1 p.m., Thursday, at 547 Mize Rd., in Riverdale, police arrested Charles Hill Wayland and Alecia McClarin, Turner said. Both were charged with marijuana and cocaine possession, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and theft by receiving a stolen firearm, according to a police. Wayland also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Turner said all three raids were completed without incident, and there were no injuries sustained by police or those arrested. He credited attentive neighbors and the cold weather Thursday and Friday with aiding the raids.
"A lot of citizens have been saying they want to take back their neighborhoods," Turner said. "If it's cold outside, we don't see people out as lookouts, so we are able to breach the house more securely."
Staff writer Curt Yeomans contributed to this article.