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UPDATE: Warrants say Government Center among spots Mark Shelnutt gave informant drugs

The Columbus Government Center on 10th Street is among the sites where attorney Mark Shelnutt gave prescription drugs to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation informant, state warrants charging him with distributing drugs.

The warrants were posted Friday on a website for District Attorney Joe Hendricks of Georgia’s Appalachian Judicial Circuit, based in Gilmer. Hendricks is the special prosecutor appointed to handle Shelnutt’s case.

The warrants charge Shelnutt with giving prescription medication to the informant eight times from July 7 to Aug. 27, specifically:

-- Giving an Oxycodone tablet to the informant between 11:25 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 7 at 1425 13th St.

-- Giving the informant an Alprazolam tablet at those same times and location that same day.

-- Giving the informant another Alprazolam tablet between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 14 at 800 Front Ave.

-- Giving the informant a third Alprazolam tablet between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 19 at 100 10th St., the city Government Center’s address.

-- Giving the informant a fourth Alprazolam tablet between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 20 at 1425 13th St.

-- Giving the informant a fifth Alprazolam tablet between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on July 27 at 1022 Second Ave.

-- Giving the informant a sixth Alprazolam tablet between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug.11 at 1425 13th St.

-- Giving the informant two Hydrocodone tablets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at 1358 13th St.

The warrants say the transactions on July 7, July 14, July 20, Aug. 11 and Aug. 27 were recorded on audio and video.

Shelnutt, of 78024 Harpers Ferry Road, Columbus, was arrested around noon Thursday outside the ground-floor entrance to the Government Center. He was released on bond about seven hours later.

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