Originally created 03/07/03

Woman, son apprehended in drug raid



Narcotics officers arrested a woman and her son and shot and killed a pit bull terrier Thursday during a drug raid on Haynie Drive in Augusta.

The animal escaped from the back yard of the residence at 1937 Haynie Drive, then charged a police dog and an investigator, said Lt. Robert Partain, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The pit bull, one of several dogs on the premises, was then shot dead by police, he said.

"They took measures to defend themselves, which resulted in the unfortunate death of an animal on the scene," Lt. Partain said. Animal Control took the dead dog and other animals.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. after authorities issued search warrants from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration at the residence of Mildred Frank, Lt. Partain said.

He said police found 2 ounces of cocaine and arrested Ms. Frank, 47, and her son, Tobias Antonio Frank, 23. Another man was arrested on unrelated charges, police said.

A .38-caliber revolver was confiscated along with other evidence, police said.

Lt. Partain would not discuss the evidence but said the case was part of a long-term investigation by both the DEA and the sheriff's office.

Authorities also issued search warrants at a mobile home in the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road, Lt. Partain said. No drugs were found and no arrests were made.

Both Ms. Frank and her son were charged with trafficking cocaine and were being held at the Richmond County jail without bond, officials said.

Reach Albert Ross at (706) 823-3339 or albert.ross@augustachronicle.com.