Agents seize $224K in pot

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Acting on a tip from federal officials, drug agents arrested a man and seized more than 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana, estimated to be worth more than $224,000 in an early morning raid Friday, officials said.

Nabbed in the bust was Jarrett Jermaine Turner, who Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Maj. Bill Berry said is believed to have been picking up a shipment around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning when he was arrested.

Turner was charged with trafficking in marijuana and was being held Friday at the Dougherty County Jail.

His arrest led agents to a secondary vehicle where the marijuana was discovered in two large bails --one 16 pounds, the other 21 pounds -- along with several other small one-pound bags and a couple of trash bags full of loose, unpacked marijuana.

"We anticipate more arrests," Berry said. "This is an investigation that will continue because the DEA and GBI generally try and track where the shipments are coming from."

Berry said that at least two additional arrests are immanent.

According to Berry, the ADDU got a tip from the DEA that 50 pounds of marijuana would be heading into the Albany area sometime over the weekend.

Based on the information, drug agents set up surveillance of the suspect believed to have arranged the meeting to pick up the marijuana. But when it appeared as if the meeting had gone mobile, Berry said the GBI, DEA and ADDU decided to go ahead and pull Turner over.

In addition to the drugs, agents also confiscated Turner's 2005 Dodge Magnum and more than $1,000 in cash.