By Linda Looney-Bond
Police have arrested three people on drug-trafficking charges, after allegedly finding more than 38 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle of one of the suspects, and then searching his home.
The Clayton County Police SWAT Team and Special Operations Unit raided a home Wednesday at 2487 New Haven Drive, according to Clayton County Police Spokesperson Lt. Rebecca Brown.
Police arrested Rowan Padget Jeffers, 48; Randy Omega Felix, 37; and Sheralyn Joseph Felix, 42. All three were charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, police said.
Police obtained a search warrant for the home after a vehicle stop earlier in the day led to the discovery of approximately 38.8 pounds of suspected marijuana with a street value of $89,000, according to Brown.
Brown said in a statement that a police officer had observed a white Ford van making an improper lane change, while traveling on Mt. Zion Road in Morrow. "A traffic stop was initiated, and as the officer approached ... he observed that the driver was extremely nervous and that there was a strong smell coming from the vehicle, which he identified as possibl[y] being marijuana," Brown said.
Jeffers was identified as the driver of the vehicle, which led police to serve a search warrant on his New Haven Drive home.
Authorities discovered an additional seven pounds of marijuana in the home, according to Brown.
"They all had prior arrests for violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act," Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner said of the three suspects.
"The number one priority of the Clayton County Police Department is the protection and safety of our citizens, and we are committed to cleaning up Clayton County of all drug dealers and anyone who would commit illegal acts in our county," he said.
The three suspects were taken to the Clayton County Jail, and appeared in court Thursday, according to an administrator with the Clayton County Magistrate Court. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for June 25 for all three.