The presence of a loaded firearm in a drug deal is a danger on several fronts.
The drug dealer is in danger, not to mention law enforcement officers and the general public.
In a recent drug bust, the person charged with possession of almost half a pound of marijuana admitted the drug was his, but neither he nor several others present when the deal went down would claim ownership of a loaded .38-caliber revolved found in the car where the contraband was located.
The firearm has not been reported stolen.
“If the gun was legally involved, why wouldn’t someone claim it?” is the question posed by Kevin Lee, commander of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division.
Perhaps someone planned to rob the person to whom the marijuana belonged, Lee opined.
With two other narcotics agents positioned down the street, an agent and a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy approached 133 Beth Drive to execute a search warrant. Agents had been told the resident, Shedrick Jermaine Turner, 33, was selling marijuana at the location.
Officers saw several men and a woman in and outside a red Honda, with Turner standing beside the vehicle.
Under the front passenger seat of the Honda, officers found four bags of marijuana and digital scales and three more bags of the contraband behind the driver’s seat.
“We also located a loaded .38-caliber revolver on the rear passenger floor board,” Lee said.
The marijuana seized would have had a street value of about $1,500 if sold in $5 and $10 bags.
“The situation appeared to us as a drug transaction. It concerns us when a gun is involved in this type of illegal activity,” Lee said.
Turner is charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.