Originally created 07/17/02

Tips aided drug raids

Grovetown Public Safety Director Al Robinson said two drug arrests made earlier this week are just the beginning.

The department is crediting tips received from city residents and informants for the cases - present and future.

"Nine times out of 10 they are right on it," Capt. Gary Owens said of the frequent tips the department receives from residents.

For example, early Sunday, officers acting on a tip from an informant searched a mobile home on Whiskey Road. Inside, according to Capt. Owens, officers found Michael Dorsey, 28, and Vanata Rose, 19, in the bedroom with two pieces of crack cocaine.

They were charged with possession of cocaine and released after posting a $2,550 bond, Capt. Owens said.

The second arrest came after residents told officers that an apartment in the 300 block of Katherine Street had several visitors, Capt. Owens said.

To make sure the information they received was correct, Capt. Owens said, Sgt. Mark Albright and Officer Wade Banks watched the home for two days.

Early Monday morning, with search warrant in hand, officers raided the apartment and arrested Eugene Gilyard, 42, and Beverly Jennings, 38, on charges of possession with intent to distribute.

The report of the incident shows officers found $362,, four pieces of crack cocaine and a crack pipe. Both suspects were in the Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday, said sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Capt. Owens said both arrests show residents' complaints are followed up and can result in taking drugs off the market.

"Your chances of pulling a car over and finding pounds of dope are slim," Capt. Owens said.

Reach Louie Villalobos at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 109, or ccchron@augustachronicle.com.


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