Drug bust discovers $12,000 in marijuana, $8,000 in cash

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 30, 2013 

Anthony Lee

A weekend search by Columbus police’s special operations unit uncovered 44 ounces of marijuana and $8,000 in cash, according to court testimony Monday.

Anthony Lee, 34, is charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug-related objects, four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of theft by receiving stolen property.

Lee pled not guilty to all charges in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

A special operations agent testified in court that Lee’s home on Kennesaw Drive was searched by a team on Saturday at about 11 a.m.

Both Lee and his girlfriend were present at the time; Lee’s girlfriend, who was visibly pregnant and upset, was taken to the hospital.

Agents found 44.6 oz of marijuana in four large ziplock bags and one large jar, with a street value of $12,644, according to testimony.

Eight thousand dollars was found in a men’s shoe; along with small plastic bags and scales in plain view.

Two of the bags and the jar were found in a spare bedroom. The third and fourth bags were found near the toilet in the master bedroom.

Lee, who was detained at the scene, allegedly told police that he had been trying to flush the drugs, before changing his mind.

Lee said that the $8,000 was his girlfriend’s, and that she did not have a bank account. He also said that only the drugs in the jar were his; the rest, as well as four guns found in the home, he was holding for a friend he identified as “Black.”

One of the guns, a pistol, was stolen; another of the guns, .22-caliber rifle, was found with a partially loaded magazine.

Lee did not make a statement in court.

Lee’s defense attorney, Stacey Jackson, asked for a reduction in the bonds already set, pointing to Lee’s ties to the community, the nonviolent nature of the crime and his pregnant girlfriend.

Judge Michael Joyner reduced the bond for Lee’s charge of possession with intent to distribute to $25,000; he set a $5,000 bond for each count of possession of a firearm, $2,500 bond for theft by receiving and $250 for possession of drug-related objects.

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