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Clayton man suspected of cocaine trafficking in Henry

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

McDonough Police have charged Edrie Monta Bussie, 36, of Jonesboro, with trafficking cocaine, after he was reportedly found with two pounds of cocaine in his possession.

Bussie appeared in Magistrate Court Thursday, without an attorney. Judge Robert Godwin reset a preliminary hearing for Dec. 21, to give Bussie time to hire a defense lawyer to represent him.

Authorities encountered the suspect Wednesday, according to an arrest warrant obtained in Magistrate Court. Bussie was taken into custody by McDonough Police Officer Gregory Lyons, near the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Kelly Road, the court document states.

"The accused did knowingly have in his possession, cocaine in a quantity of two pounds, in violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act," according to the warrant for his arrest.

McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey could not be reached, for additional details on the case.

State law requires a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, and a $1 million fine for trafficking more than 400 grams of cocaine, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Tom McBerry. If a judge finds probable cause to justify Bussie's arrest, the trafficking charge would be bound over to Superior Court.