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3 arrested in Grovetown drug sting

Monday, June 18, 2012 4:06 PM
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Grovetown authorities recently arrested three people on drug charges and are looking for a fourth.

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Patrick Ealy Donnell, of Magnolia Drive in Grovetown, recently was arrested on multiple drug charges by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.  SPECIAL
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Patrick Ealy Donnell, of Magnolia Drive in Grovetown, recently was arrested on multiple drug charges by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.


Miriam Hightower, 53, and Curtis Edward Gibson, 63, both of Fifth Avenue in Grovetown, were charged Thursday with selling marijuana by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.

Though arrested May 26, Patrick Donnell Ealy, 46, of Magnolia Drive in Grovetown, was charged with four counts of selling marijuana and a probation violation as part of the same sting, said Grovetown Department of Public Safety Director Gary Owens.

Another man, Larry Jefferson, is wanted for similar crimes.

Owens said Monday that the arrests were the result of a sting in coordination with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

“Without their (sheriff’s office) help, this case would be hard to prosecute,” Owens said.

Undercover Grovetown officers bought marijuana from Hightower and Gibson at their Fifth Avenue home on May 16 and 22, Owens said.

“The house has been reported as a known drug house by several citizens,” Owens said.

Ealy’s four counts stem from selling marijuana from his Magnolia Drive home on May 17, 18, 19 and 25.

Hightower and Gibson are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center, each on a $10,100 bond, according to jail records. Ealy is being held without bond.

Anyone with information about Jefferson’s whereabouts should call the Grovetown Department of Public Safety at (706) 863-1212.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 06/18/12 - 04:23 pm
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Please explain your comment.

soapy, surely you are not implying that CCSO is on the take or looking the other way for a person of influence involved in drug crimes?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/18/12 - 04:46 pm
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"known drug house".

Grrr. If it is a "known drug house" it should already be taken down. If it hasn't been taken down yet, the perps shouldn't be alerted by the media that it IS known to be a "known drug house", so that the "known drug house" CAN be taken down, safely. Trust me, they read the paper and they network better than you and I on their "Obamaphones" as they call them, or their upgrades. As soon as they know you've called in anything as seemingly innocuous but raucous and ill-supervised, ill-equipped in-home daycare, it's suddenly a "birthday party" for the kiddies (24/7 everyday?), or they've evaporated to the nearest friend's section 8 house or apartment until the coast is clear again.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/18/12 - 04:50 pm
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(S)oapy_725,

I've heard that the new "sheriff" at GBHS doesn't play the drug games that typified at least one previous administration there.

E-mail your info to cseagraves@ccboe.net to find out if I'm right. Better yet, e-mail it to smorris@columbiacountyso.org and see what happens.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

myfather15
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myfather15 06/18/12 - 09:10 pm
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Donnell, Donnell, when will

Donnell, Donnell, when will you learn? This is an extremely long history with this man. I have arrested him myself several times. If he won't use his free will to change and quit this stuff, he will not exist after this dispensation of time. We shall not live in a peaceful society until people like this aren't around with their filthy behavior. Donnell, change your ways or pay the price. Its your choice.

cl
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cl 06/18/12 - 09:21 pm
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If marijuana were legal, as

If marijuana were legal, as it should be, no one would be going to "drug houses" to get it. Then the police and court system could focus on more serious problems. It is a plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years. It should not be lumped in with more dangerous and addictive substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, meth, and so on.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/18/12 - 10:47 pm
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CL, I wouldn't disagree with

CL, I wouldn't disagree with you completely. As a law enforcement officer, I would rather deal with someone who has been smoking than I would someone drinking alcohol heavily. Alcohol is much worse in my personal opinion when abused. But the difference in alcohol and marijuana is clear. I actually can (and do) have a few drinks from time to time. Just the other day I was grilling and making some margarita's at my house. I only had three and that didn't make me feel any intoxication at all. You can actually drink alcohol in moderation and not be under the influence or intoxicated. If you smoke marijuana, there is a high, period. Yes, there are different levels, but its still a high no matter which level. Different kinds (e.g. Cush) will get you a different level high.

You can't just say I'm going to smoke just one joint and not get high, thats disingenuous. I can have just one shot and feel no noticable effects. I can have a beer or even two or three and feel no effects.

twolane
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twolane 06/19/12 - 03:04 am
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oh really father

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i had to laugh at your post so you made some margaritas but you didnt drink em to get intoxicated well then why did you put tequila in those margaritas....and you can have two or three beers and have no effect...oh yeah really but i betcha have those three beers hop in your car and get pulled over going to pick up something betcha fail the breathalyzer.....cop huh....yeah you sound like it

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/19/12 - 10:44 am
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Interesting facts you can

Interesting facts you can find concerning effects of smoking marijuana. How's this one for you:

Research has shown that being a marijuana smoker is associated with a 70% increased risk for being diagnosed with testicular cancer. For young men who smoke marijuana at least weekly or who began long-term marijuana use during adolescence, the risk of developing testicular cancer is double the rate of non-smokers.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/19/12 - 03:03 pm
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soapy (?)

soapy (?)

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/19/12 - 05:40 pm
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Weed IS a problem....

Weed IS a problem, no matter whose is smoking it, buying it, selling it, or whose family life someone using it affects. Same as alcohol. But when it is illegally being trafficked, its use causes a whole host of worse problems.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/19/12 - 07:44 pm
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Still trying to figure out

Still trying to figure out why everyone is so hyped up about legalizing yet another drug. I see nothing good from people getting high, we already have enough going on in our world as it is. I'm also still trying to figure out why Augusta NEVER has a major drug bust.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/20/12 - 07:34 pm
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Augusta DOES

Augusta DOES have major busts. Even better are busts that stop the drugs before they get here, on major highways (Taliafarro County seems to have good luck with that) or in the Gulf or off the coast for instance.

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