Drug bust yields over $90k in cash, drugs and weapons

Patrick Yost News

By Whit Carpenter

staff writer

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office confiscated more than 10 pounds of marijuana, 252 stamps of suspected LSD and more than $90,000 in cash during a search of a 1980 Hestertown Road on Thursday, May 31.

“This bust will substantially slow the sale of marijuana in the county,” said Sergeant Chad Lanier, an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

The raid began at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 and was not completed until 2 p.m. on Friday after officers categorized and sealed evidence taken during the execution of the search warrant.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil, THC wax, approximately 100 grams of psychedelic mushrooms and more than 21 firearms were also found on the property, including shotguns, long rifles and pistols according to Chief Deputy Keith Howard. THC is the active compound in marijuana.

Officers confiscated seven vehicles, two motorcycles, a skid steer and trailer, a bass boat, a zero turn lawnmower and a portable power generator, according to Howard. Howard said officers were attempting to determine if the confiscated items were gained through the sale of drugs.

The Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant after a months-long investigation, which was supported by information from traffic stops, on the ground intelligence and concerned citizens complaints. “The results of this drug bust was from our Criminal Investigation Division’s philosophy of investigation, prevention and suppression,” said Howard.

Two people were found in the residence at the time of the raid, Scott David Petersen, 37, from Madison, Ga, and Clinton Mitchell Thomas, 37, from Madison, Ga.

Petersen and Thomas were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule I drug, trafficking THC oil and theft by receiving stolen firearms.

Petersen was also charged with trafficking LSD and trafficking mushrooms. Both are felons with a history of drug charges, according to Howard.

The search was related to the selling of narcotics from the residence, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

As part of the ongoing investigation, police are determining if more parties were involved in the possession, sale and distribution of the illegal narcotics. “The investigation is continuing,” said Howard.

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