4 charged after Martinez apartment search

Four people were arrested late Tuesday after sheriff’s investigators from two counties searched a Martinez apartment.


Officers from sheriff offices in Columbia and Richmond counties searched Charles Potter Jr.’s apartment on Cedar Lane and
two vehicles parked there. Potter, 33, originally gave
investigators a false name and was inside with three others: Tyre Dion Moton, 31; Candace Michelle Lawson, 27; and Paul Anthony McDaniel, 33.

Authorities seized 44 pounds of marijuana from Potter’s vehicle and 15 counterfeit $20 bills from his bedroom. They also found a 20-gauge shotgun in the living room closet and 10 grams of marijuana from Moton’s bedroom.

Potter was charged with trafficking marijuana, second-degree forgery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Moton, of South Barton Drive in Augusta, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Moton, who is being held in the jail on a $4,200 bond, also faces a probation violation.

Lawson, of Old Petersburg Road in Martinez, was transferred to the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center for an order to show cause warrant for possible probation violation, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

McDaniel is being held in the jail for a probation violation connected with a previous involuntary manslaughter conviction in Gwinnett County.



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