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Clayton Police arrest 10 in drug raid

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police arrested ten people in connection with an alleged drug-distribution and-packaging operation at an apartment in Morrow.

The police department's SWAT team executed a search warrant, based on information received from the department's Narcotics Unit, according to police public information officer, Capt. Tina Daniel.

"Last night [Thursday], at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Clayton County Police Department raided a drug house located at 100 Morrow Road [in Wyndham Hills Apartments, in Morrow]," said Daniel.

Marlon Blake, 26, Javon Bivins, 22, Cordarrel Fish, 23, Larry Powell, 26, Prince Lucas, 24, Patrick Griffin, 26, Samuel Harris, 26, Travis Glass, 22, Nadia McGill, 26, and King Williams, 25, were arrested during the raid.

The ten suspects were charged with a total of 68 felony offenses, which include the manufacture and distribution of marijuana; the manufacture and distribution of crack cocaine, possession of controlled substances; violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act; drug trafficking, and possession of firearms.

Authorities seized six firearms, one of which was allegedly stolen, and two others that had altered serial numbers, Daniel said.

She said more than $35,000 in cash was seized, along with marijuana with a street value of $10,000; crack cocaine with a street value of more than $10,000; ecstasy pills with a street value of $700; phenylephrine/promethazine Syrup, which police said is mixed in soda "to get high;" and four vehicles.

Daniel added that suspected amounts of heroin were also found, but the drugs were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations for testing, to confirm the substance is, indeed, heroin.

According to Daniel, the suspects were using the apartment as a "trap house," which is a street term for an vacated house or an apartment that is used to package and distribute drugs.

"It is rented just for the purposes of packaging and distributing different types of narcotics," she said. She added that there was no food in the kitchen, and no personal hygiene items in the house, which further shows that no one resided at the apartment.

"The kitchen was used specifically to cook, package and distribute the narcotics," Daniel explained. "We do anticipate more arrests," she added.

According to Daniel, all suspects were in custody, Friday, at the Clayton County Jail, in Jonesboro.

Suspects Cordarrel Fish, Travis Glass, Larry Powell, Prince Lucas, Marlon Blake, and Patrick Griffin are represented by the Public Defender's Office, according to online court documents. The suspect's attorney could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Information about legal representation for Javon Bivins, Samuel Harris, Nadia McGill, and King Williams, could not be found in online court records, Friday.