Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter discusses a recent drug bust with Narcotics Unit Commander Maj. Alan Holloway to the right. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)
MORROW — A search warrant executed by the Clayton County Police Department Thursday netted the seizure of $3 million in MDMA and the arrest of at least two people, said officials.
Chief Greg Porter called the drug bust “significant.”
“This is significant for the metro area, for the state, for the country,” he said Friday during a press conference.
Porter said the bust was the result of a single complaint by a resident.
“We encourage residents to continue to call us and partner with us,” he said. “Without the residents, we wouldn’t be successful. Public safety is paramount.”
Willie Joseph Bourda III, 34, and Joseph Jamal Bourda, 29, both of 5992 Monterey Drive in Morrow are being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail following their first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Friday morning.
Both are charged with trafficking ecstasy and Violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act. Willie Bourda is also charged with possession of drug-related objects.
Detectives with the Clayton County police Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the home Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug activity, said Porter. They were assisted by the SWAT team.
Porter said 22 kilograms or about 42 pounds of MDMA with an estimated street value of $3 million. MDMA is known on the street at Molly and can be composed of both ecstasy and methamphetamine.
Porter cited a Sept. 3 Time Magazine article describing Molly as giving users up to a 24-hour euphoric state of mind but with long-term health effects that could include brain damage and kidney failure. Three overdoses at the Labor Day weekend Electronic Music Festival were attributed to Molly, said Porter.
Clayton County police also took 14 firearms including long rifles and shotguns in the Monterey Drive raid.
“These are not everyday weapons,” said Porter. “These are weapons that could hurt you or me or other citizens in Clayton County.”
Porter was tight-lipped about details of the investigation, including the origin and destination of the drugs and firearms.
“We’re still working leads and don’t want to compromise the investigation,” he said. “But starting tonight, we’ll be safe because these guns and drugs are off the streets.”