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, according to 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.
Hendricks said Friday that he was unsure when the case would be presented to a Muscogee County grand jury. The investigation is continuing while the GBI ties up some loose ends, he said. He did not anticipate investigators filing more charges.
The warrants charging Shelnutt with distribution of a controlled substance allege he gave 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.Alprazolam, sold under the brand name Xanax, is used to treat anxiety disorders. Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are painkillers.
Shelnutt was arrested around noon Thursday outside the ground-floor entrance to the Government Center. He was released on bond about seven hours later.