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Deputies raid Lovejoy pawn shop, seize 300 guns

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats
Handguns were among the items seized at Diamond Pawn Shop in Lovejoy. A price tag can be clearly seen.

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Handguns were among the items seized at Diamond Pawn Shop in Lovejoy. A price tag can be clearly seen.

Clayton County sheriff's investigators raided a Lovejoy pawn shop Wednesday night, seizing about 300 guns, cash, drugs and jewelry.

Lt. Brian Crisp said Diamond Pawn Shop owner, Michael Ray Calvert, Jr., is being held in the Henry County Jail on probation violation charges.

However, Calvert is expected to face charges in Clayton related to the raid, said Crisp.

Calvert's father, Michael Ray Calvert, Sr., 61, is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Colby Randolph Lewis, 38, is charged with being a party to the crime of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of methamphetamine.

A third man, Robert Aaron Williams, 32, is charged with possession of methamphetamine. All three are being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.

Crisp said the firearms displayed price tags, but the shop is not licensed to sell firearms. Investigators took about $30,000 in cash, electronics, guitars, sports memorabilia, and a quantity of methamphetamine. All the items will be sought for forfeiture under civil RICO proceedings, said Crisp.

Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said Thursday afternoon that she has not filed motions in the case yet.

The firearms included assault rifles, handguns, shotguns and rifles, said Crisp.

The raid is directly related to the arrest, Tuesday, of Robert Stanley Stevenson, he said. Stevenson, a convicted felon, allegedly told investigators he bought firearms and drugs at the shop. A search warrant executed at Stevenson's home uncovered firearms underneath his bed and two small bags of marijuana in his pocket.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show that Stevenson was most recently released from prison in August 2009. It was his seventh stay since 1991, according to corrections records. Stevenson's previous convictions include cocaine possession, shoplifting, lying, forgery in the first degree and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Stevenson is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail on charges of possession of firearms and drugs.

Crisp said the pawn shop is closed, but will be released to the owner.

"More charges are expected, and we expect to make more arrests," he said. Sheriff's investigators spent most of Thursday cataloging the seized items.