Two women and a Thomas County Prison inmate are charged in a drug and tobacco drop on a prisoner work detail.
On Tuesday morning, the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division received information about a woman who would deliver marijuana to Demetrius Pittman, an inmate on a work detail on Egg and Butter Road north of Highway 188.
The women would be driving an older-model black car with a loud muffler.
“We’re told the package would be delivered before 12,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander.
Prison Warden Bobby Geer was alerted that a package of drugs might be en route to the work detail. Geer soon contacted narcotics agents and said the black car had driven past the work detail, according to the officer guarding inmates.
“We tried to catch up to the vehicle, but we couldn’t find it,” Lee said.
When agents passed the detail, inmates and the detail officer’s vehicle were on the left side of the road. A few minutes later the crew and truck were on the right side.
The detail officer told narcotics agents he had not seen anyone throw an object out.
In the back of the detail officer’s truck, agents found a black plastic bag containing six ounces of marijuana and nine cans of Peach snuff. Another bag contained numerous packs of loose cigarette tobacco.
Two cell phones were found in the rear of the vehicle. An operable cell phone containing text messages was found under a mat in the front passenger area. Pittman told narcotics agents the location is where he sits in the vehicle.
Through prison logs and informants, agents learned Pittman has a girlfriend, Ranita Shantae Wyche, 26, 555 Cassidy Road, Apartment K-1.
Officers went to the Wyche apartment, where they found a car matching the description of the vehicle that would make the drug drop.
Wyche told agents she picked up the bags in a neighboring county and took them to Pittman.
“She said she picked it up, but Pittman negotiated the deal,” Lee said.
While officers were at the apartment, Ebony Saneria Cromartie, 25, who did not provide an address, arrived.
Lee said Cromartie’s car was used in the contraband delivery, she was in the vehicle and was aware of the activity.
“It appears to us they’ve done it more in the past,” the commander said.
Wyche and Cromartie are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, carrying drugs beyond guardlines and furnishing contraband to an inmate.
Pittman is charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute and carrying drugs beyond a guardline.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.