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Clayton Police: 23 arrested in drug raid, sting

From Staff Reports

After arresting several people on drug charges at a house in Morrow, Clayton County Police say they set up shop, posing as dealers, and snared 19 more.

A total of 23 people were arrested in the raid and sting on Thursday, police said.

Clayton County Police Spokeswoman GlenNeta Griffin says officers raided a house at 5712 Attucks Blvd., in Morrow, and arrested Luqman Alnas, 28, and Idrees Alnas, 24. She said police seized 55 grams of pot, a little less than 2 ounces, worth about $500.

Luqman Alnas was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Idrees Alnas was charged with possession of marijuana and obstruction of an officer. Griffin said she did not know the relationship between Luqman Alnas and Idrees Alnas.

Police also arrested Mark E. Jefferson, Jr., 19, of Morrow, and Aaron Gunn, 20, of Atlanta, on possession of marijuana charges. Griffin said she did not know where Jefferon's and Gunn's arrests took place.

After the initial arrests, Griffin said narcotics officers posed as drug dealers for several hours. "It started yesterday [Thursday] at approximately [1 p.m.] and went all through the night," she said.

Griffin said that after the four initial arrests, police made 19 more, mostly on charges of criminal attempt to obtain marijuana.

"We'd already received several complaints out of the community that they were selling drugs out of that house - that it was a known drug house," Griffin said.

Tony Gilmore, 48, of Morrow, was charged with criminal attempt to obtain marijuana and suspended license.

Jimmy Nguyen, 17, of Morrow, was charged with criminal attempt to obtain marijuana and expired license.

Du Nguyen, 17, of Lake City, was charged with criminal attempt to obtain marijuana and obstruction of an officer.

The following were charged with criminal attempt to obtain marijuana: Terry Gates, 39, of Morrow; Briana Williams, 19, of College Park; Sieu Ky Tran, 19, of Morrow; Giang Nguyen, 19, of Ellenwood; Taurean Johnson, 21, of Hampton; Jasmine Johnson, 19, of Hampton; Ebonique Cooper, 19, of Rex; Naryan Jackson, 21, of Rex; Norman Jackson, 23, of Rex; Tilton King, 45, of Morrow; Hillard Green, 23, of Rex; David Womack, 20, of Rex, and Cory Cloud, 18, of Lake City.

Three people were also charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. They were: Tuananh Nguyen, 17, of Morrow; Donald Henry, 24, of Morrow, and Saleem Alnas, 26, of Riverdale.

"This is a continuing effort to rid our community from this type of illegal activity," Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner said in a written statement. "Clayton County is not the place to Sell or Buy drugs. We are aggressively coming after you!"