A joint investigation by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and other agencies led to the Tuesday seizure of 2.6 pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of the manager at Advanced Tax Service in Columbus, authorities said.
Clarence Martin Jr., 46, was taken into custody during the search of the business at 3600-C Second Avenue. He was charged with one count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of Xanex and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
During a Wednesday news conference in front of the Columbus Government Center, Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said members of the Investigative Unit also found $4,000 in cash and a .45-caliber pistol at the tax business. The meth has a street value of $120,800. A second search at Martin's home in Phenix City led investigators to a .38-caliber pistol and .12-gauge shotgun.
Charges against Martin were bound over to Muscogee Superior Court after he faced the charges in Municipal Court on Wednesday morning, Darr said. Martin is held without bond in the Muscogee Jail.
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In addition to the Investigative Unit, Darr said investigators were assisted by Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, Jim Brown of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.