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2 men charged in drug bust

Cocaine, marijuana, weapons seized

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Authorities announced a substantial victory in the local drug war Saturday afternoon at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain (center) said about 3 1/2 kilograms of cocaine and 5 pounds of pot were found.   Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain (center) said about 3 1/2 kilograms of cocaine and 5 pounds of pot were found.


Officers from Richmond County and North Augusta Public Safety stood in front of a table littered with plastic bags of cocaine, cash and marijuana, along with firearms, as sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain announced the arrest of Marion Sturgis Donaldson, 34, of the 100 block of Oakland Avenue in North Augusta; and Dorsett Mandrell Williams, 29, of the 2300 block of Rutherford Drive in Augusta.

Both were charged with trafficking in cocaine.

Police seized about 3 1/2 kilograms of cocaine, which Partain said was valued at about $200,000.

Authorities also seized between $100,000 and $125,000 along with eight vehicles, including a Mercedes, a BMW, a motorcycle, a truck, and "classic vehicles," Partain said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Allan Rollins said about 5 pounds of marijuana was seized, with a street value of about $5,500.

Partain said neither suspect was armed at the time of the arrests.

Donaldson was arrested early Friday in Richmond County, and Williams was arrested Friday night in Beech Island.

The six-month investigation also involved the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI, the district attorney's office and the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Partain said work on the case had been going on "aggressively" for the past 10 days and that many such operations exist locally.

"We will have some effect because we've destroyed one organization," Partain said. "But ... there are many (others) that are known and unknown working in this whole area and Carolina and Georgia."



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david jennings
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david jennings 07/02/11 - 05:24 pm
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The police have done a good

The police have done a good job,now will the courts please do theres?

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/02/11 - 10:24 pm
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Good job law enforcement.

Good job law enforcement. Because of supply/demand issues, robberies/burglaries will start soaring, now. Can't win for losing.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 07/02/11 - 11:09 pm
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This is what happens with
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This is what happens with cooperation between departments. Good job to both!!

TrueRealist
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TrueRealist 07/03/11 - 04:32 am
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I don't doubt the courage &

I don't doubt the courage & dedication of the law enforcement officers. But, a substantial victory? Remember Vietnam? The US was actually involved their for 25 years. I don't remember US troops ever losing a battle. But, there was never victory, much less a substantial victory. Yes, there were victims of the Viet Cong & North Vietnamese. So, there was some justification for that war. But, Federal drug prohibition began 100 years ago & there are more drugs than ever, the potency is higher than ever, & the price adjusted for inflation is lower than ever. Plus, if it weren't for prohibition, cannabis use in the privacy of ones home would not involve a victim. Hence, no crime. Some prohibition battles have been won. But, 90% of all illicit drugs always get through to the users. So, were is the 'substantial victory'? Victory means someone won a war. But, there is no end in sight for the drug war. In fact, all the stats show that drug prohibition successfully encourages people to try the 'forbidden fruit'. Cannabis use alone has increased 5,000% since Nixon declared war on drugs. Hasn't anyone ever heard of reverse psychology? People always want what the cant have. Unfortunately, the US Govts' 'Gateway Policy' of prohibition is the reason minors can buy cannabis easier than beer. Licensed merchants prevent minors from buying the legal drug, alcohol, 90% of the time. But, prohibition means only pushers sell cannabis & they don't card for age. Anyone who wants cannabis can usually get it right away. Cannabis represents 60-75% of all illicit drug use. So, the only way to truly win the war on drugs is to regulate the sale of cannabis to adults via legalization. If you own a business, how long will you stay in business if 75% of your sales are taken away? Re-legalization of alcohol ended bootlegging. Did this end crime? No. But, the criminals lost a tremendous source of income. The same will happen when cannabis is legalized. Minors only represent 18% of cannabis sales. So, they alone can not keep the drug cartels in business. Plus, the 'gateway policy' of cannabis seekers buying from pushers who are glad to expose people to hardcore drugs will be delinked forever. Hardcore drug use will decrease from delinking & because, people who only use hardcore drugs due to the short time drug test can detect them may welcome being able to use cannabis instead. Remember, unlike alcohol, which can kill consumers, cannabis has never killed a single user. Maybe, there is a victory waiting in legalization. But, we've got a bad drug habit, it's called drug prohibition & our govt is always demanding ever more tax money, man power, & laws that crush our civil rights. Yes, we're all addicted to prohibition. Because, it benefits those who have a vested interest in keeping it going. How long will we be able to afford prohibition & how long are we willing to let prohibition go on corrupting officials & enriching deadly drug pushers. The most dangerous thing about cannabis is prohibition. But, the Volstead Act should have taught us that. For now, it's still victory deferred.

etlinks
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etlinks 07/03/11 - 06:40 am
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Why must we have book reports

Why must we have book reports instead of comments posted on here that don't mean jack? Good job law enforcement.

TrueRealist
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TrueRealist 07/03/11 - 06:51 am
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Some people claim that there

Some people claim that there is a health cost that society bears due to cannabis use. This may have some truth if cannabis is smoked & the user inhales tars. That's why many cannabis users are now using vaporizers that don't release tars due to the lack of igniting cannabis. Plus, cannabis can be eaten in food & used as extracts. Legalization would allow educators to encourage those who insist on using cannabis to employ safe methods of use. Besides, one of the most enormous savings is hard to calculate. How much less would it cost Americans if profits from cannabis sales weren't fueling the rise of drug cartels & street gangs? Cannabis sales no doubt fund expansion of gangs into other criminal enterprises. Do you think drug cartels are rooting for legalization? Not hardly, as regulators aren't about to issue cannabis licenses to people with criminal records, or to organizations with criminal affiliates. Legalization must be the only thing drug cartels fear. Regarding the US Govts' classifying cannabis as having no medicinal value. Cannabis is one of the most tested substances with over 17,000 studies. More doctors are gaining experience with patients using cannabis & there are growing numbers of news articles by doctors who marvel at how beneficial it is. Doctors are trained to dismiss cannabis. What many are learning is earlier generations of doctors really came to rely on cannabis based medicines. Because, they really do work. Cannabis has over 100 proven medical uses & anti-cancer properties, too. THC injected into usually incurable gliomas actually has the unique medicinal value of shrinking the tumors while not damaging surrounding brain tissues (Dr Guzman, Spain). Cannabis has shown to prevent the spread of lung & breast cancer cells to other body parts, too. The FDA could test the safety of cannabis. But, the FDA doesn't accept that smoking anything is safe. So, why not test cannabis in edibles? The misinformed say that cannabis is addictive. It is not physically addictive. The NIDA says caffeine is more addictive than cannabis. Cannabis has a mild psychological addiction for some people. Cannabis users have been so demonized as to echo an earlier time when alcohol drinkers were slandered, too. The average cannabis user is a hard working, successful white male who only occasionally uses it. Much like the average alcohol drinker. Do you enjoy the right to drink a cold beer after a hard days work? Well, you can thank millions of Americans drinkers who exercised their free will by ignoring the Volstead Act. If prohibitionists were altruistic they wouldn't drink alcohol. Because, the Volstead Act would be a fair law in their minds & they would still honor it by not drinking. But, most of the 11% of Americans who still believe the war on drugs is working (Zogby poll) probably enjoy the occasional drink & may have never even heard of the Volstead Act. This may be why 74 years later, we're still saddled with cannabis prohibition due to some decision makers not learning from our nations' mistakes. So, we go on doing the same old things (about cannabis), the same old ways, & some how expect different results. This is the definition of madness (Einstein). The Worlds' leading drug law enforcement officers have created an organization to help us understand why prohibition will never work & will only make things worse the longer it lasts. Please, visit Leap.cc to find out what we need to do to bring sanity back to our drug policies. I do not use alcohol, tobacco, or cannabis. Though I have tried them. I am not suggesting cannabis is safe, nor am I trying to encourage it's use. In reality, I feel that cannabis sales to adults should be regulated, like is done with alcohol & tobacco. If you're like me, you don't use cannabis. So, when it's legalized I won't buy it. Will you? Since anyone who wants it can get it, it's hard to imagine legalization being able to increase cannabis use like prohibition has. Legalization will actually make it harder for minors to get it. Minors don't buy enough cannabis to keep pushers in business by themselves. I'd imagine minors who want cannabis will hate legalization. Because, licensed merchants will control it's distribution & they prevent minors from buying alcohol from them 90% of the time. Licensed merchants can be arrested on the spot for selling cannabis to minors. Conviction is almost certainly guaranteed, too. But, it can take years of police work, tax dollars & court proceedings to imprison a pusher who sells cannabis to minors. Licensed merchants won't likely expose cannabis buyers to hardcore drugs like pushers do, either. Tens of thousands of rape test kits used to track down rapists have gone untested in a major west coast city. Because, police efforts have been directed towards cannabis prohibition & the diverts policemen & lab technicians away from solving violent crimes. Cannabis prohibition is great for criminals in so many ways. Wouldn't you agree that cannabis prohibition sounds like a lose/lose/lose proposition for most Americans, especially tax payers?

TrueRealist
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TrueRealist 07/03/11 - 06:58 am
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It's nice to know the LEO's

It's nice to know the LEO's in this article are supported by so many of their fellow LEO's comments. Nice job indeed. Maybe, some readers appreciate comments based on years of research.

Pu239
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Pu239 07/03/11 - 02:34 pm
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TrueRealist... would it
Unpublished

TrueRealist... would it follow that you would adhere to the converse of your 0658 post?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/03/11 - 09:52 pm
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There is no Rutherford Drive.

There is no Rutherford Drive. It is Rutherford Avenue, Augusta, GA off of Windsor Spring Road near where it meets Richmond Hill Road.

Lady T
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Lady T 07/03/11 - 11:45 pm
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By correcting the address,

By correcting the address, will it make the situation better or will it worsen it. Not understanding what was the point.

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