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Court clerks free on bond in drug case

Awaiting court dates

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 female Henry County State Court employees have been bonded out of the Henry County Jail, after they were arrested on drug charges.

Kimmie Elliott appeared before Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Warren Powers Saturday. Judge Powers issued her a $550 bond, and reset her preliminary hearing for Dec. 8, at 8:30 a.m. Elliott is charged with the felony sale of marijuana.

Lisa Anthony got out of Jail, Friday, on a $1,925 bond. She is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. Anthony is scheduled to appear in McDonough City Court March 14, 2012.

Elliott, of Stockbridge, and Anthony, of McDonough, were arrested Friday as a result of an undercover sting operation conducted by agents of the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, and State Court Solicitor investigators.

The two employees of the Henry County State Court were caught in an alleged drug deal in the judicial center’s parking lot, which is across the street from the McDonough Police Department.

Elliott does not work for the Henry County Solicitor General’s office, as was initially reported. Anthony and Elliott’s boss, Clerk of State Court Michele B. Gardner, said both women were terminated Friday, following their arrest. “It is a very sad and unfortunate event,” said Gardner.

Anthony, 46, has worked for the Henry County Clerk of State Court since 2002, and Elliott, 45, has worked in the same office since 2005, said Gardner. Anthony is one of the clerks assigned to the courtroom of Judge James T. Chafin.

Elliot is accused of selling a half ounce of marijuana to Anthony, which is a felony.

Anthony is charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana less, than one ounce.

“During our investigation, it was determined that Kimmie Elliott sold marijuana to Anthony in the parking lot of the State Court building,” said Maj. Chad Rosborough, of the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force. The alleged sale was in daylight, around 11:30 a.m., at the Judicial Center State Court building on John Frank Ward Boulevard, in McDonough.

Rosborough said about three weeks ago, the office of State Court Solicitor General Chuck Spahos received complaints of State Court employees possibly being involved with illegal drugs. Investigators from the solicitor’s office contacted the task force.

“... 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.” Drug-sniffing dogs from the McDonough Police Department located drugs in Elliot’s car, according to McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey.

“The investigation is continuing, to determine if other individuals are involved,” he said.