Families on edge as Waynesboro Police look for men wanted in drug deal

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Some families in Burke County have been on edge this week and it all started with a package. What was in the package brought a group of men into Waynesboro seeking revenge on a family.

It was enough to stir up fear across the area.

"I've been living on this corner right here 30 years," said Luberda Jenkins.

Jenkins lives down the street from where suspected drug dealers were targeting.

"I fear for my life and my grandson and my granddaughter who live here with me," she said.

Police say a group of Jamaican or Haitian men from Augusta came into town looking for a Waynesboro man.

"[They were] armed with assault rifles and semiautomatic pistols, black gloves," said Waynesboro Police Chief Alfonzo Williams.

Police say the men were looking to hurt the Waynesboro man and his family after a package filled with drugs never showed up.

"This family obviously has some folks who are involved in things that they should not be," Williams said.

The family is said to live off Herman Lodge Boulevard or Quaker Road.

While they were the target, police are taking no chances with suspected drug dealers.

"They tend to not care about innocent people being involved and so we are taking it extremely serious," Williams said.

They're even calling in GBI, FBI, Richmond County and Burke County deputies to help keep a lookout.

"We are not accustomed to crime like that so when something like that does happen, it places a lot of people in fear," said Burke County Sheriff's Sgt. Dedric Smith.

It's fear that had folks talking -- which is how Jenkins found out.

"They were talking to each other and I was standing in line and I overheard it and I said that's where I live at and it came back to me, that's why the policemen and the GBI and the Georgia State troopers were there," she said.

It was all over a package with possibly up to $55,000 worth of drugs.

Police say the Waynesboro man and those looking for him have settled the case, but no one is in custody at this time. Williams says the group of men were seen driving in a blue sedan BMW or Impala.

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