Arrests curtail drug operation, police say

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A 5-month drug investigation resulted in five arrests this week and the seizure of 8 pounds of marijuana.

The arrests  knocked out the top tier of a "major" marijuana distribution chain in Augusta, said sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain, with the arrests of minor dealers within the organization expected in the near future.

The investigation into the alleged ringleader, Early Glenn III, 31, started in January and culminated with narcotics investigators serving five search warrants Tuesday. Partain said investigators collected 8 lbs of mid- to high-grade pot, along with handguns, a rifle, $25,000 in cash and five vehicles, including a Chevy Suburban and two Cadillacs.

The pot, which has a street value of $30,000, likely came from a source in Atlanta, Partain said.

Arrested in connection with the group are Glenn, Gary Lawrence, 42, Ronald Holiday, 28, and Michael Samuel, 28. 

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dwb619
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dwb619 05/20/10 - 07:40 pm
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I wonder if this is connected

I wonder if this is connected to the raid by SLED on Celeste Avenue in Belvedere Wednesday? Huge SLED presence yesterday, today Aiken County,SLED and NAPD highly visible.

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nofrills 05/21/10 - 05:56 am
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The public should understand

The public should understand that they bust pot dealers when they can't solve real crimes. Pot heads are not the problem in our area. Potheads are lazy and dont want trouble. You want to impress the public then go after and arrest these meth heads. These guys not only are selling poison but they screw up every area they set up a lab at. You will never see a pot head rob a store to get more pot but a meth head will kill you for more!

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treerock 05/21/10 - 06:12 am
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most of the heads i know are

most of the heads i know are successful people that are not lazy: lawyers, doctors, downtown business owners, college educated folks that just like to unwind with marijuana. they would much rather grow it themselves or purchase from a reputable dealer. not these thugs with their guns and fancy caddies. remove the market from underground and you remove the crime element.

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Scottskart 05/21/10 - 06:50 am
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Nofrills, are you serious?

Nofrills, are you serious? "The public must understand they bust pot dealers when they can't solve real crimes?" Maybe "pot heads" aren't a problem - but the DEALERS are. Get real with yourself. Pot is the 'gateway' drug which tends to lead to heavier drug use - such as Meth. I for one am proud of the RCSO and appreciate all they do!

Why don't you get off your hiney, go get certified to be a deputy, work for the sheriff's office - and start solving real crimes. It is real easy for you to sit behind your computer and say this from the safety of your home.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 05/21/10 - 07:46 am
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NO FRILLS= Are you serious?

NO FRILLS= Are you serious? "real crime". Selling Pot IS A REAL CRIME!!!! It's in the law books you nitwit. People like you kill me. You are one of the first ones that belly ache when police doesnt do "something" about pot and when they do you belly ache as well. Law enforcement run a gamut of operations. This time they concentrated on pot, next they are going after the meth heads. If you don't like it, pick up an application and lets see you stamp out drugs in your community for little or no pay, long hours and dealing with an ungrateful public, LIKE YOU!!!! If not go back home, eat your $5.50 microwave dinner, watch your plasma TV and install your ADT security system and feel safe and let the people that are out there night in and night out, deal with the kind of stuff that will make YOU cringe.

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Ushouldnthave 05/21/10 - 07:48 am
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Nofrills, while you may be

Nofrills, while you may be high, you're partially right. Marijuana users are lazy, shiftless, and a drain on the rest of us. But they are not the targets. It's the violent sociopathic dealers that bring the violence to our communities, and they are who the police go after. And read the paper occasionally. Our local police DO go after the meth heads, crack heads, as well as your friends the pot heads. Equal opportunity incarcerators.

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johnston.cliff 05/21/10 - 08:40 am
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A major distribution ring was

A major distribution ring was curtailed by a $30k "street value" bust? I don't think so.

Ever put poison on an ant bed? Look 5 feet to the side and you'll see where the ants went.

After 40 years and $1trillion, the war on drugs has only succeeded in keeping the price of drugs high enough to keep the war going.

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jdoggtn 05/21/10 - 09:32 am
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Let me state up front that I

Let me state up front that I don't use marijuana or any other drugs. That being said, I am sick of the "marijuana is a gateway drug" argument. Many of my coworkers recreationally use it, and have not "graduated" to any other drug. I am not arguing about the good or bad of marijuana use. I am saying that if we want to discourage young people from using drugs, we need to deal in truth and verifiable facts, not fiction. The facts are, marijuana seems to lead to depression in some people, and can lead to overeating and obesity. And like any other smoked drug, there are lung risks. These facts which can be verified should be enough to warn kids of the dangers, without manufacturing a questionable statement such as "It's a gateway drug."

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3g 05/21/10 - 09:34 am
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It is a complete fallacy to

It is a complete fallacy to label marijauana users as lazy , this is stereotyping at it's worst . If those who throw that label around liberally ACTUALLY KNEW how many pot smokers have reputable careers , they would be amazed , however , they will never know because they are not smokers !!! And as far as being a " drain " on the rest of us , where is the proof to back that statement up ? The one's who are a drain on us are those that take advantage of Gov't handouts instead of holding down a job - your tax dollars at work .
The war on " drugs " is necessary , however , marijauna is not a " drug " , it is a plant which grows from our earth - THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE A PLANT ILLEGAL ! They cited evidence of increased violence when on pot - COMPLETE LIE - pot makes you mellow and peaceful . The only violence related to pot happens when the dealers fight over turf/customers , if it is de-criminalized , ALL DEALERS WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS .
Unfortunately , people still spread the LIE that pot is a " gateway " drug , complete BS , heavy drinkers are much more likely to experiment with coke , meth , X , or even the "legal" pharma drugs , which unlike pot , are man-made concoctions which the human body is not designed to digest .
A 30K bust is a drop in the bucket , there are probably a dozen dealers who will take the place of those arrested . The war on marijauna has been an epic failure , it's time to make de-criminalization the standard and prevent Gov't from deciding what plants from our earth we are allowed to grow and use .

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3g 05/21/10 - 09:43 am
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jdogg - thanks for debunking

jdogg - thanks for debunking the gateway myth , however , the "facts" you stated are not factual at all . " SEEMS to lead to depression " , " CAN lead to obesity " , " inherent risk to your lungs " - these are OPINIONS , not facts , and can easily be debunked as myth like gateway .

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InsideTraitor 05/21/10 - 09:55 am
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Marijuana is so dangerous,

Marijuana is so dangerous, such a contributing factor to the degradation of our society that the Founding Fathers grew it on their personal farms, traded growing techniques with one another and wrote about the soothing effects of putting a little in their tea or blending it with their pipe tobacco. You're welcome to argue with the validity of the previous statements but if legality is what you're concerned with, you might be interested to know that it is legal to smoke AND GROW marijuana (with an ID card usually costing less than $100) in almost a third of the states in our country. Do you all not remember when Obama declared it a state's rights issue? Obviously it is still illegal in GA, that's why these guys were busted. However, does it really make sense to spend $100,000s to bust $30,000 worth of marijuana and put some low-lifes in prison when you can focus your efforts on the real life-stealers like meth and cocaine? What about alcohol? Along the life-stealing argument, alcohol is worse than marijuana. Remember reading all of those news headlines and statistics about all of the people who die every year, killed by stoned drivers? Me neither. That's because drunk drivers are the ones killing people. I have a neighbor who is constantly kicked out of his house by his wife for his alcohol problem. Can't really say there's a neighborhood pothead who gets kicked out by his wife every time he gets high... but I can say I'm glad the cops busted the meth lab down the street from me the other week.

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3g 05/21/10 - 10:09 am
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Thank you Insidetraitor for

Thank you Insidetraitor for an excellent post .

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3g 05/21/10 - 10:11 am
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It is extremely important to

It is extremely important to establish the fact that NO ONE has ever died from marijauna use , yet LEGAL products such as alcohol and tobacco , kill 100's of thousands every year .

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reader54 05/21/10 - 10:52 am
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Marijuana is the LARGEST cash

Marijuana is the LARGEST cash crop in the U.S. and they spent 5 months to get 8 lbs. off the street. Hardly a cartel operation! Geez!

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CorporalGripweed 05/21/10 - 11:20 am
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8 lbs? Big whooop. I remember

8 lbs? Big whooop. I remember back in the 70's and 80's people who dealt that much in a day or two. I agree. Hardly a cartel.

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