Muscogee County Sheriff’s deputies found more than $160,000 in cash during a series of drug busts on Monday and Tuesday, authorities said.
A six-week investigation led to the execution of search warrants at three different spots across Columbus. Deputies descended on the first two — 6108 Stoney Creek Drive and Apt. 208 at Sugar Mill Apartments — on Monday, finding a total of about $160,000 in cash and almost 14 ounces in cocaine, worth almost $40,000, said Lt. Steve Sikes.
Carlton Jhamar Anderson, 27, was arrested at the Stoney Creek home.
“We’ve got other individuals involved with (Anderson),” Sikes said. “We’re going to continue looking in to his organization.”
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The arrest of Tommy Lewis Lockhart, 38, came Tuesday. Deputies executed a search warrant at 4486 Bermuda St., arresting Lockhart and Triandos Tyner, 33, who was at the home at the time, Sikes said. Lockhart claimed the almost 10 ounces of powder and crack cocaine, worth more than $24,000, the lieutenant added.
In addition, $5,000 in cash was found at the home, Sikes said.
Tyner faces probation violations unrelated to the drug bust. Lockhart also faces trafficking charges out of Florida, the lieutenant said.
A gun was found at each arrest, though the suspects didn’t resist, authorities said. The men aren’t believed to be connected.
“I believe personally that drugs cause 90 to 95 percent of crime in Columbus,” Sikes said.
Anderson was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a probation violation and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Lockhart faces charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Sikes hasn’t yet spoken with federal authorities about the busts, though he said he intends to contact them.