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ADDU makes two drug busts, five are arrested

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Cocaine, marijuana, cash and a stolen firearm were among the items that Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents seized during two Friday night busts.

ADDU Commander Maj. Bill Berry said that around 6 p.m. Friday drug agents executed a search warrant of a business at 507 S. Slappey Blvd. Drug agents said they had to force their way into the entrance of Taniyah's Men and Women Fashions because the door was locked.

Berry said once inside, drug agents spotted two men coming out of the bathroom where water in the toilet was swirling. The two men were Taniyah's Men and Women Fashions and Advanced Communication owner Tanarus Weston, 30, and his employee, Rodney Floyd, 44.

"Agents walked into the bathroom and found a Styrofoam cup and water all over the ground," said the drug unit commander. "So agents took the toilet apart and found a zip-lock bag that contained crack cocaine."

The bag contained approximately 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine that has a street value of $12,710, drug agents said Monday.

"They were trying to flush the evidence down the toilet once they realized that drug agents were coming in," said Berry.

In addition to the cocaine found in the toilet, agents noticed a large sum of money was on the counter of the clothing store. The money was stacked into rows of bills and totaled at $2,332, said agents.

Berry said agents seized not only the drugs and money, but the store's laptop and computer system as well. Money from the cash register was also seized, as well as receipts.

"We are going to go through the computer and receipts and figure out what is legitimate and what is not," he explained. "We are trying to determine if the store is just a front for drug trafficking."

The ADDU commander said agents will have to get a separate search warrant for the computer equipment, but if the business turns out to be legitimate, Weston will receive all his money back that was seized from the register.

Weston and Floyd were each charged with trafficking in cocaine and tampering with evidence.

Later Friday around 11:30 p.m., agents executed a search warrant on a duplex at 109 Shelby Lane.

Berry said drug agents were assisted by officers of the Gang Task Force during the search that yielded 30 grams of marijuana from resident Daniel Douglas, 28.

"Douglas tried to fight several of the officers when they tried to apprehend him," said the ADDU commander.

Douglas was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction and outstanding warrants issued by the gang unit.

The officer's investigation led to the discovery of more marijuana in a wooded area behind a nearby apartment at 111 Shelby Lane.

"Forty-five grams of marijuana was discovered hidden behind the house," said Berry. "Drug dogs alerted us to its presence."

A firearm was also discovered during the search that was reported to be stolen out of Worth County, said drug agents.

Kelvin Davis, 31, was arrested on an outstanding parole warrant and Jonathan Davis, 38, was arrested for an outstanding probation warrant.