THOMASVILLE — Almost half of the cases bound over for trial during a recent session of the Thomas County Grand Jury involved drugs.

Of 100 cases, 47 were drug-related.

“When methamphetamine is in a county, you will see a lot of dope,” said Kevin Lee, commander of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division.

“Ninety percent of the people who use meth use marijuana to come down,” Lee explained. “Marijuana’s a cheap drug.”

Marijuana has become so popular that many partying teens prefer it to booze.

Recent drug-related indictments include:

• Joel Green — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

• William Smith III — Trafficking in cocaine.

• Natalie Nicole Smiley — Trafficking in cocaine.

• Franklin B. Daniels — Trafficking in cocaine.

• Henry James Sneed — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• Connie DeMott — Methamphetamine possession.

• Donalvin Mantrell Thompson — Cocaine possession, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Herbert Dewayne Gilbert — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, ecstasy possession, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Tommy Francis Jr. — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• Jerome Rodney Turvin — Methamphetamine possession.

• Johnathan Bussey — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• Johnny Lee James Jr. — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute, obstruction of officer.

• John Henry Ceasar — Cocaine possession.

• Bobby Lee Gloster — Sale of cocaine.

Accusations bound over and involving drugs are:

• Krystal D. Turner — Cocaine possession.

• Michael Carter Tipton — Methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute.

• Audrey Bell Wilson — Methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute.

• Eric Lynn Watkins — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing marijuana.

• Christopher Loyd Hopper — Unlawful possession of Diazepam, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Keith Myers — Marijuana possession.

• Dionne Johnson — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

• Jerry Bernard Russell — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Charles E. Crump — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

• Ralph Halley — Methamphetamine possession, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Leroy Nash — Cocaine possession, misdemeanor marijuana possession, seatbelt violation.

• Toure Coleman — Cocaine possession, suspended license.

• Christopher Robinson — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

• Nadar A. Williams — Cocaine possession, speeding.

• Steve A. Avera — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

• Willie Jefferson — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

• Martha Maria Dennis — Cocaine possession.

• Mary Louise Turner — Cocaine possession.

• Kendrick D. Moore — Cocaine possession.

• Lanier Jamar Smiley — Cocaine possession.

• Stephen Hashin Thurmond — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing marijuana, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Antonio Dale Gurley — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• Christopher Lee Rowe — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• Karla Denise Pressley — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• Prince Darren Evans — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute, suspended license, failure to obey traffic-control officer, two counts failure to obey traffic-control sign, reckless driving, attempting to elude.

• Linda McLeod — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, two counts giving false writings and statements.

• Earl Brooks Jr. — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• John Adam Carbone — Marijuana possession with intent to distribute, defective equipment.

• Scott Allen Dobbs — Cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

• Justin Wade Hammond — Manufacturing marijuana.

• Christine Marie Ely — Ecstasy possession with intent to distribute.



Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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