Investigators say cooperative motels help catch drug dealers

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 First at Five, July 25, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--Seven people are in jail after Richmond County narcotics investigators found them dealing drugs inside a Gordon Highway motel room.

It happened at the Augusta Lodge yesterday evening. Investigators say they were able to put a stop to it quickly thanks to cooperation from the people who own the Augusta Lodge. The people who live there say that is a big relief.

Investigators say room 232 was the place to go for people who wanted to buy marijuana. A woman who lives two doors down heard people walking past her door during all hours of the day. She does not want to be identified.

"I opened the door, and before i knew it, the police had the man here on the floor.... all in handcuffs." she said.

Investigators arrested seven people after getting complaints from the motel about all the noise. People were going up and down the stairs and in and out of the room. They suspected drugs might be the source of the problem, so they sent an informant to buy them. And their suspicion was confirmed when that person came back with marijuana.

Sgt. Allan Rollins says they were able to get it quickly thanks to the owner: "They helped us. They give us information, they cooperate with us. We go up, and rather than tearing the whole motel up, they give us the keys before we have to go."

It let them in without having to tear up the room. He also says the paperwork played a big part. The owner gave them copies of the room registration. That means they spent less time trying to figure out who rented it and more time making the arrest. As for the woman who lives nearby, she can't believe something like this happened so close to the place she, and her children, call home.

"The ruckus that goes on...It's ridiculous. It just shouldn't be. It really shouldn't be." she said.

Investigators recovered a small amount. The people arrested are charged with possession of marijuana.

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