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Twiggs Deputies Seize Illegal Drugs Valued at $375,000

5:49 PM, Dec 12, 2011   |    comments
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Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum says two deputies set a new record for drugs seized under his command as the result of a traffic stop.  

Sgt. Jason Smith and Deputy Marcus Baker pulled over three Savannah natives last Thursday on a minor traffic violation.

Mitchum says after his officers noticed the strong scent of marijuana, they searched the car and found 6.6 pounds of cocaine and 43 pounds of marijuana.

He says the drugs have a street value of about $375,000.

They arrested 33-year-old Joivanni Latrell Russell, Jamal Romell McGruder, 28, and Drashawn Lamont Johnson, 21, on drug trafficking charges.

The group told deputies they were on their way from a party in Jonesboro to Savannah.

Some of the pot on display was vacuum-sealed and Mitchum says he believed it was hydroponically-grown.

Pointing to the shrink-wrapped bricks of cocaine, Mitchum said he could make out a crack-cocaine "cookie" inside the package. He says it's used to demonstrate to potential buyers the quality of the product.

Those signs, he says, point to a professional growing and trafficking operation.

He says they haven't been able to determine where the drugs were grown and packaged.

The suspects are being held in the Twiggs County L.E.C.

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