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State Court employees arrested on drug charges

Kimmie Elliot (left) and Lisa Anthony, employees of the Henry County State Court, were arrested Friday on drug charges, after they were caught in an alleged drug buy in the Judicial Center facility’s parking lot, across the street from the McDonough Police Department. 

Kimmie Elliot (left) and Lisa Anthony, employees of the Henry County State Court, were arrested Friday on drug charges, after they were caught in an alleged drug buy in the Judicial Center facility’s parking lot, across the street from the McDonough Police Department. 

Two employees of the Henry County State Court were arrested Friday on drug charges, after they were caught in an alleged drug buy in the Judicial Center facility’s parking lot, across the street from the McDonough Police Department.

Agents with the Flint Drug Circuit Task Force, and State Court Solicitor investigators conducted an undercover investigation to apprehend both female suspects. Court workers, Lisa Anthony and Kimmie Elliot, were apprehended during the undercover sting.

“Both of these ladies work in the State Court Clerk’s Office,” said Maj. Chad Rosborough, of the Flint Drug Circuit Task Force.

Anthony, of McDonough, is one of the clerks assigned to the courtroom of Judge James T. Chafin. She is charged with a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

Elliot, of Stockbridge, works in the Henry County Solicitor General’s Office.

She is charged with the felony sale of marijuana.

“During our investigation, it was determined that Kimmie Elliot sold marijuana to Anthony in the parking lot of the State Court building,” said Rosborough. The drug bust took place around 11:30 a.m., Friday morning at the Judicial Center State Court building on John Frank Ward Boulevard, in McDonough.

Elliot, 45, is accused of selling a half ounce of marijuana to Anthony, 46, according to Rosborough.

Rosborough said about three weeks ago, the office of State Court Solicitor General Chuck Spahos received complaints of State Court employees possibly being involved in drugs. Investigators from the solicitor’s office contacted the Flint Drug Circuit Task Force with the complaints.

“At that time, the Flint Circuit Drug Task force started an undercover investigation, and on Friday, our agents, along with solicitor’s investigators, observed two suspects in what appeared to be a drug transaction,” said Maj. Rosborough. “Agents made contact with the two suspects, and approximately a half ounce of marijuana was found in Lisa Anthony’s vehicle.”

The alleged drug buy took place near the McDonough Police Department. McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey said the authorities used the city’s drug-sniffing dog to search Anthony’s and Elliot’s cars to locate the marijuana.

“It is very unfortunate, because just like police officers, our court personnel are held to a higher standard,” said Chief Dorsey. “The investigation is continuing to determine if other individuals are involved.”

Anthony and Elliot were taken to the Henry County Jail. No bond has been set for Elliot. Anthony has a $1,925 bond.