More than two pounds of marijuana and $635 in cash is displayed on a table at the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit headquarters Friday. Agents say that Calvin Denard King, 24, who was already busted less than 10 months ago in Spaulding County for drug trafficking, was arrested in a raid on his Station Crossing apartment Thursday night.
ALBANY, Ga. -- A man who had just been sentenced July 14 to serve 10 years on probation for trafficking marijuana in Spalding County, was arrested by drug agents Thursday with another two pounds of pot, authorities say.
Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, said Calvin Denard King reportedly wasted no time getting back into business of selling illicit drugs after being "dealt with" in Spalding County earlier this month.
"I guess he's just a dedicated small businessman," Berry quipped before a press conference Friday. "Obviously he hasn't learned his lesson."
After drug agents served a search warrant at King's apartment on the 300 block of Station Crossing Drive Thursday, he's been returned to jail, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Agents reportedly recovered more than two pounds of marijuana, $635 in cash and a loaded .380 Ruger handgun.
According to the Spalding County Clerk of Superior Court and District Attorney's Office, King pleaded guilty to possession with intent in June before being sentenced July 14 to 10 years probation and 20 days of detention.
Spalding officials couldn't immediately explain how he had managed to move to Dougherty County so quickly after being sentenced to serve 20 days in jail or if he had served that portion of his sentence.
King was originally charged with trafficking marijuana and was briefly considered for first-offender status, a perk that was denied.
King's arrest is the fifth or sixth multi-pound marijuana arrest made by the ADDU this month, Berry said, and follows a busy June for drug agents, who logged 91 arrests after focusing on street-level dealers.
Berry said that the investigation into King started after officers received a community tip and began surveillance on his apartment.
When drug agents served the "no-knock" warrant just before 6 p.m. Thursday, Berry said King dropped a bag of pot he was holding in the kitchen and stared at drug agents. Berry said that King had been storing the marijuana in the dishwasher of the home.
King is being held at the Dougherty County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.