Photo by Heather Middleton
By Joel Hall
Clayton County and Fulton County police have made five arrests in an alleged drug operation that spanned both counties. The dual drug busts on Tuesday resulted in the removal of an estimated $1.73 million in illegal drugs, money, and assets from the streets of the south-metro area.
According to Clayton County Police spokesperson, Officer Otis Willis, III, an ongoing surveillance operation, by the department, on 5862 El Segundo Way in College Park, and a secondary home on Garvey Drive in Fairburn, resulted in separate drug raids on Tuesday afternoon.
Teams from Clayton County's SWAT operation, Drug/Gang Violence Task Force, and Special Operations Unit, raided the College Park residence at 2:06 p.m., and Fulton County police assisted in a raid on the Fairburn residence at 4:30 p.m., Willis said.
"It's a very important bust," said Willis. "You don't see this every day, every week. It is good when you see it, because it is making a difference."
Authorities took the following actions on Tuesday:
* In College Park, police arrested Antineka McGhee, 30, and seized approximately $196,132 in cash at the residence. Police also seized more than three pounds of pot valued at $11,350, a 2003 Land Rover, a 2005 Dodge Magnum, a 2007 BMW 650i, a 2007 BMW 745i, and four weapons, including: A Hi-Point Carbine rifle; a CZ .40-caliber pistol, from the Czech Republic; a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol; and a Cobray MAC-11 machine pistol.
* In Fairburn, police arrested Gregory McGhee, 38, Brandon Lekei Putmon, 21, Peter Davidson, 27, and Michael Plummer, 27. Along with the arrests, they seized 302 pounds of pot with a street value of $1.4 million, $503.36 in cash, a 2003 Range Rover, a 2007 Chevy Tahoe, two industrial digital scales, and a Ruger 9 mm handgun.
"The drug task force was doing dual surveillance, one in Clayton and one in Fulton," Willis said. "It was all connected. They [the suspects] had interest in both houses. The criminal charges range from trafficking and possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and theft by receiving stolen property."
According to Willis, Antineka and Gregory McGhee are husband and wife. Antineka McGhee is currently being held in the Clayton County Jail, while the other four suspects are being held in the Fulton County Jail, he said.
Willis said it's a "good possibility" that all five suspects will face serious jail time [if convicted]. He said the dual raids send a strong message to the criminal element operating in the south-metro area.
"This drug situation in our country is an ongoing process," Willis said. "We have sent the message that this kind of activity won't be tolerated."