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Documents: Mathis had 50 pills when arrested

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A Lee County lawyer arrested this past weekend on drug charges had more than 50 pills that authorities say he had no prescription for when he was arrested, documents state.

Craig Mathis was arrested Friday and charged with possession of controlled substances for what Sheriff Reggie Rachals said were Schedule II and Schedule IV prescription pills.

Warrants obtained by The Albany Herald on Tuesday state that at the time of his arrest, authorities contend Mathis was in possession of five amphetamine dextroamphetamine pills, which are a Schedule II controlled substance, and 47 Alprazolam pills, a Schedule IV substance -- none of which was in a prescription bottle or container.

According to both the clerk of the Magistrate Court of Lee County and the clerk of Lee County Superior Court on Tuesday, Mathis had not named an attorney of record.

He was released Sunday under a $5,000 bond.

The warrants also show that the charges were brought by the agents attached to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Sylvester office. Mike Lewis, the special agent in charge of the office, said he had no comment on the investigation.

Mathis, who in the past has served as a prosecutor, launched an unsuccessful bid in 1994 against U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, who at that time represented the Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

More recently, Mathis served as an attorney for Frank Spring, who was labeled by authiorities to be the mastermind behind a multi-state marijuana growing operation that landed more than a dozen criminal defendants in federal court and resulted in the seizure of more than $1 million in drugs, real estate and vehicles. Spring would eventually hire attorney Brian Jarrard before pleading guilty to the charges last year.

The only professional blemish on Mathis' 16-year-career is a review panel reprimand filed March 15 by the State Bar that was handed down following a complaint of his handling of a child custody case in 2007.

Mathis remained an attorney in good standing with the State Bar Association as of Tuesday, according to the organization's Web site.