ALBANY -- The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit announced Monday afternoon the recent arrest of two suspected drug dealers and the confiscation of more than $100,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana.
ADDU Commander Maj. Bill Berry said Quintard "Q Ball" Wright, 34, and Antonio Pride, 35, both of Albany, were arrested Friday night when ADDU agents found more than 9 pounds of marijuana and 544 grams of cocaine in the Cadillac Escalade they were driving on the 900 block of Willow Wood Drive. Wright and Pride also had a total of $11,716 in cash in the vehicle.
"Officers have been working on this case for about three or four weeks now," said Berry.
He said the bust is very significant and a little larger than past agency arrests. Tips from concerned citizens launched the investigation against Wright and Pride, according to Berry.
"Friday night, agents were going out and looking for suspicious activity and they stopped the truck in the parking lot of the Willow Wood apartment complex," he said. "We got lucky."
Berry said when agents approached the vehicle that Wright was driving with Pride in the passenger seat, the smell of marijuana was very potent.
"They (Wright and Pride) had it (drugs) all in the cab of the truck," he said. "Agents could see it poking out everywhere, and the smell was undeniable."
In addition to the cocaine, cash and marijuana, agents also found scales and plastic bags in the vehicle, items that Berry said are frequently used by drug dealers.
ADDU is also investigating the owner of the Cadillac Escalade to decide whether it will also be seized.
"We want to question him and try to figure out why those drugs were in the vehicle," said Berry.
Wright and Pride are both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking cocaine within 1,000 feet of a housing project and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a housing project.
Berry said ADDU will also be working on filing federal charges against Wright and Pride.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said tips from citizens are essential in making these types of drug busts.
"We can't be everywhere at once," he said. "It was through information coming in that kept this poison out of the system of our people."
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said he hopes busts like these will send an important message to drug dealers in the community.
"It's like gambling," he said of choosing to deal drugs in the county. "You might win a few times, but eventually you will lose and you are going to pay big time when you do."
Sproul said local law enforcement agencies and the district attorney's office have zero tolerance for drug deals.
"Sooner or later, they're going to have to go somewhere else for drug trading. We're not going to tolerate it any more," he said.
Sproul and Edwards also noted the harmful effects drugs have on the community.
"Not only is it affecting the adults, but then it trickles down into families," the sheriff said. "Some of the users who were going to buy this stuff were probably going to take it out of Christmas money. Their children probably would have gone without Christmas this year."
"You know these guys were planning on trying to let us have a white Christmas, but this is not the kind of white Christmas we need here in Dougherty County," Edwards added.
Wright and Pride are both being held at the Dougherty County Jail.