Officers responding to a disturbance call over the weekend ended up discovering drugs and a gun, according to Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins.
Columbus Police Department officers were sent to an apartment at 204 East Manor Drive about 6:15 p.m. Saturday after a report of a disturbance, Hawkins said. When they arrived, they smelled a strong smell of marijuana coming from the apartment and called agents from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Special Tactics Investigative Narcotic Group.
STING agents got a search warrant and searched the apartment, finding about six pounds of marijuana and a shotgun, Hawkins said.
Hawkins estimated the value of the pot at about $1,000 per pound.
Rayshaun Deondre Conner, 40, was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana. No bond has been set at this time, and he remains in custody at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.
Conner has 23 previous charges, including eight felony arrests and 15 misdemeanor arrests.
Hawkins said the investigation was continuing, and more charges were possible.
Kaliah Kadesh Hunter, 24, and Tehnavia Ashley Howell, 34, were both charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, with a bond of $412 each.
Both have bonded out, Hawkins said.
Anyone with additional information about this case can contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 328-6788 or Golden Triangle Crimestoppers at (800) 530-7151. Tips can also be submitted via the P3 Tips smartphone app. Tipsters always remain anonymous, and are eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest.
Brian Jones is the local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.
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