Court: Police investigate, charge man with distributing $2,000 worth of marijuana

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas faces charges for distributing marijuana almost a month after Special Operation Unit officers searched his alleged residence, according to authorities.

Thomas, 30, faced felony possession of hydrocodone and intent to distribute marijuana charges, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug related objects, during a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

A Special Operation Unit agent told the court that agents executed an investigation during December. Agents did not find Thomas at the suspected house, but found marijuana and drug related paraphernalia scattered throughout.

About 188 grams were found in the house — some in large bags in the hallway between the bedrooms, some hidden in the rafters. A marijuana cigarette was found in the bathroom. An additional 24 grams were found in the carport.

At least five ounces of marijuana were recovered during the search. The agent valued the marijuana at $2,291.

In addition, officers found allegedly $125 worth of hydrocodone and more marijuana were found in the front bedroom of the house. There, agents allegedly found a water bill in Thomas' name and his ID.

The agent stated during the court hearing that during the period officers monitored the residence prior to executing the search warrant, he never saw Thomas go in or come out. However, the presence of Thomas' relative at the home, as well as Thomas' ID and the water bill, gave police enough probably cause to issue a warrant for Thomas' arrest.

Thomas was booked into the Muscogee County Jail Tuesday.

Thomas' attorney, Stacey Jackson, argued during the hearing that Thomas' bonds should be reduced, since the agent could not prove that Thomas had been at the residence. He argued that the relative might have stolen Thomas' ID and set up the bill in his name.

Judge Michael Cielinski declined Jackson's request. He set Thomas' bonds at $13,500.

This story has been updated to remove a street address. Police are unclear at this time the address of the house where they reportedly found these drugs.

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