Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 22, 2013

Cigar-smoking suspect arrested at drug house

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — Narcotics agents encountered a cigar-smoking visitor at a house where drugs were suspected of being sold, but the cigar did not contain tobacco.

Following up on information that William Emanuel Harper was selling drugs at his 118 Dowdell St. residence, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents executed a search warrant midafternoon Wednesday.

Upon arrival at the residence, officers encountered three males, including Jacobi Printer Blackshear, who was sitting on a living room sofa.

“He had a lit marijuana cigar in his mouth,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander. “Of course, we relinquished him of that.”

Digital scales were found on a kitchen counter, and a search of the refrigerator got under way. An agent moving items around in the refrigerator realized there was no liquid in a fruit punch can and took a closer look.

“It had a false compartment and was designed to look like a fruit drink can, but wasn’t,” Lee explained.

Powder and crack cocaine were found in the can. “Some of the powder cocaine was bagged up in smaller bags,” the commander said.

Detecting the odor of green marijuana, agents continued a search of the house and found 87 grams of marijuana in two glass jars concealed in sofa cushions.

Also found in the living room was a loaded .25-caliber handgun.

Blackshear, 28, 2427 Ga. 122, is charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Harper, 28, is charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute, cocaine possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public housing project, marijuana possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public housing project, firearm possession by a convicted felon and firearm possession during the commission of a crime.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.