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Arrested pair charged with trafficking marijuana

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Two south Georgia men, who police say are cousins, were being held without bond in the Henry County Jail Tuesday, for allegedly bringing drugs into Henry County.

Corey Deonta Deloach, 26, of Statesboro, Ga., and Fred Daniel Williams, 21, of Portal, Ga., are each charged with trafficking marijuana.

The suspects appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Tuesday, represented by the Public Defender's Office, and waived their rights to preliminary hearings in the case. Judge Robert Godwin bound both men's charges over to Superior Court, where bond will be set at a later date.

Henry County Police reportedly encountered Deloach and Williams shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, on Interstate 75, southbound, at mile marker 209 in Locust Grove. Police Capt. Jason Bolton said an officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Deloach, with Williams as a passenger, for failure to maintain a lane.

"While at the window of the vehicle, the officer could smell raw marijuana," Bolton said. "He notified ... Deloach of this, and Deloach indicated there was part of a 'joint' in the driver's door."

The officer, Bolton continued, searched the vehicle and found about three grams of marijuana in a map pocket next to the driver's seat. "In the trunk, were two trash bags," Bolton added. "One contained 11, one-gallon, Ziploc bags, [with] one pound each of marijuana. The other had five pounds of loose marijuana cut from a bale."

Bolton said the approximate value of the drugs is $71,000. Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail. A date for a future court appearance for the two has not been set.