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Lee County attorney Mathis arrested in drug operation

ALBANY -- Lee County attorney Craig Mathis was arrested Friday afternoon following what Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said was a "lengthy investigation," into possible drug activity.

Mathis is being housed at the Lee County Jail, charged with one count of possession of a schedule II drug with intent to distribute and one count of possession of a schedule IV drug, Rachals said.

Mathis is reported to have been in possession of Aderol -- an amphetamine -- and Xanax.

"This was the result of a lengthy investigation involving the GBI, the DEA, the Lee County District Attorney's office and the Lee County Sheriff's Office," Rachals said.

Sheriff's officials say Mathis was arrested during a sting operation at a residence around 4 p.m.

He is currently being held without bond pending a bond hearing, which Rachals said was likely to take place Sunday.

Mathis was the face of an attempt to recall former Lee County Commissioner Jo Ealum and is a licensed and practicing attorney.