By Jason A. Smith
Two men, and a woman, all of McDonough, were arrested following a drug bust, in which authorities say they found more than half a million dollars worth of narcotics.
The Henry County Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted a week-long investigation into the alleged manufacture of marijuana at a home in Stockbridge, according to Police Maj. Jason Bolton. The probe, he said, ended Wednesday, with the apprehension of James Edgar McKenzie, Jr., 29, Karry Daniel Autry, 30, and his wife, Holly Ann Autry, 27.
The trio was detained Wednesday when search warrants were executed at 925 Hemphill Road in Stockbridge, and at 166 Alexander Drive in McDonough, Bolton said.
"A total of 144 marijuana plants, along with approximately seven pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, $6,050 cash, two vehicles, five weapons and other assets, were seized as a result of the search warrants," he added. "The street value of all narcotics seized is estimated at $531,000."
The investigation, he said, was initiated after narcotics agents received information from a confidential source.
"Members of the Henry County Police Department [Special Weapons and Tactics] team assisted the Narcotics Unit throughout this investigation, as well as the execution of the search warrants," Bolton said.
McKenzie and the Autrys were each charged with manufacturing marijuana. McKenzie is also charged with possession of a Schedule II narcotic.
An arrest warrant for McKenzie states that he was found, during the execution of the search warrant on Hemphill Road, with 19 Lortab pills in his left front pocket.
Holly and Karry Autry were both charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Bolton added.
The three suspects appeared Thursday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office, according to court records. Judge Robert Godwin set McKenzie's bond at $20,100, and the Autrys' bonds at $10,100 each, and bound the charges over to Superior Court.
McKenzie and the Autrys were released from the Henry County Jail Thursday, according to jail records.