News 12 Exclusive: Large drug bust in Harrisburg

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, February 1, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga -- Richmond County Narcotics Investigators tell News 12 they've been looking for 21-year old Tyriquez Lequan McFadden for over half a year and this week a big tip leads them to their guy.

The bust happened at his house at 1838 Starns Street in the Harrisburg community. News 12 was the only crew on the scene of the bust and you can see the exclusive video of the of the arrests and the loot only on News 12.

It's a drug bust that was truly a family affair, and people in the Harrisburg Community say they're thrilled to have both the suspects and the drugs out of their backyard.

In News 12's exclusive video, you see guns, drugs, and money, lots of money. Richmond county narcotics investigators say it all belongs to one man 21-year-old Tyriquez McFadden; and heading to jail with him, his own mother 42-year-old Dorothy Brown and another woman, 19-year-old Deversly Willingham.

"He's a fairly good size dealer for this particular area; we're glad we were able to get him tonight." says Richmond County Narcotics Investigator Lt. Robert Partain.

Investigators say McFadden did about two to three thousand dollars worth of business a day dealing cocaine.

"Shame shame shame! It's a waste of money and it's harming everybody around them." Donna Beaver lives just a few houses down and spent the night watching the bust unfold "Police, police, and police! But, I'm awfully glad they are here and I'm glad they are cleaning up the neighborhood."

Narcotics investigators combed the house and the backyard for more than two hours, even bringing in a drug sniffing dog to help with the search for the loot. "These people they have very good hiding places-it's the nature of their business."

Investigators say McFadden was on their radar for a long time. They've been looking for him for more than six months and earlier this week, a tip led them right to him. "Harrisburg is being plagued with drugs for a long time now, we'll be glad to get this one and any other ones." adds Lt. Partain.

Drugs like cocaine and marijuana and all the crime that goes along with it, tonight Donna and her neighbors say they're celebrating these people are now out of their backyard. "I'm very glad the police were here and got everything and everyone taken away, maybe our neighborhood will be nicer."

Several guns were seized and investigators speculate the cash will total around five thousand dollars. Cocaine and marijuana were inside the home.

Tyriquez McFadden and 19 year old Deversly Willingham are charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

McFadden's mother, 42-year-old Dorothy Brown is charged with possession of cocaine.


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  • by anonymous Location: ga on Dec 24, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    that was all some BS
  • by brittany Location: augusta on Feb 6, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    well there are going to be more drugs out they the boy looks like a good kid i dont know him but he look like hes a good kid
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    Candy is right about that!!
  • by Tiffany Location: Atlanta on Feb 4, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    Tyriquez just happens to be a good kid gone bad! I went to high school with him, and he used to be a sweeeet kid, but I don't know what altered his decisions in making the right choices. However, I hope that this will be an experience that will change him into a better person.
  • by CANDY Location: AUGUSTA on Feb 3, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    THE WHOLE JUDICIAL SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL TO. THEY SO CROOKED AND DISHONEST TILL ITS A SHAME. LOOK AT THE LADY WHO WORKS WITH GROVER TUTEN STEALING EVIDENCE. SO IMAGINE WHAT THE DAM NARCACOTIC OFFICERS DO. THEY LIE AND THEY PLANT DRUGS ON PEOPLE THE STILL THE MONEY THAT THEY GET FROM DRUG BUST AND EVEN THEY PUT THE DRUGS BACK ON THE STREETS. SO PUT THEM UP UNDER INVESTIGATION.
  • by Lori Location: Harrisburg on Feb 2, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    I live in Harrisburg, and we are working hard as a neighborhood to rid this area of thugs. Thank goodness for this bust. We are all sick of it. Mercy Ministries, located right in the middle of our neighborhood brings in alot of degenerates to our area, and needs to be moved. This is a day shelter for the homeless, and needs to go, along with the drug dealers and prostitutes.
  • by Michelle Location: Columbia on Feb 1, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    Where is the exclusive video footage?
  • by butch Palmer Location: 520 tuttle st ..Harrisburg on Feb 1, 2008 at 08:36 PM
    Get a crime analysis from the Sheriffs department for the 15 months before Mercy Ministry moved to Crawford and Fenwick and get a crime analysis for the 15 months that Mercy Ministry has been in business and I assure you that the reports will speak for themselves. Mercy Ministry has been the most destructive thing to ever happen to our neighborhood. Crime has soared across the board.
  • by butch Location: harrisburg on Feb 1, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    All of the dope selling exploded when Mercy Ministry moved into our neighborhood. The hobos hang out at Mercy Ministry located at the corner of Fenwick and Craword ave. Many of the "homeless" able bodied men have drug porblems and the drug dealers try to ssell drugs to them and the "crack whores' follow. Mercy ministry should not be located in any residental area.
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