Lee Sheriff's deputies make heroin bust

Heroin bust believed to be county's first.

Jeremy Jackson

Jeremy Jackson

ALBANY — Smack, scag, dragon or junk. Whatever junkies call it these days, heroin has rarely shown up in Southwest Georgia — until Thursday.

Acting on a tip, Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics team deputies arrested an Albany resident on a charge of trafficking in heroin and using a cell phone to sell drugs about 2:30 p.m.

“The narcotics team made traffic stop and arrested Jeremy Jackson,” said Sheriff Reggie Rachals, “for having heroin within his vehicle or on his person.”

The deputies seized 32 bindles, or single foil packets ready for distribution, after stopping the 18-year-old Jackson for failure to use his turn signal, Rachals said. The packets could sell for $40 or $50 each, or about $1,600 for the total 6.4 grams of heroin, he added.

“This is our first (heroin) case in several years, more years than I remember,” Rachals said. “I’m just very pleased to get this type of drug off the street. We don’t need our kids taking heroin.”

In contact with Lee deputies, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents watched Jackson leave his residence in Albany in a white Chevrolet Astro van headed for Lee County, said Maj. Bill Berry, drug unit leader. Once Jackson was in custody, drug agents executed a search warrant on a home at 2211 Greenoch Ave., where Jackson had a bedroom, he added.

According to Berry the entire four-bedroom home was searched. In Jackson’s room, officers said they found13 grams of heroin, 3 grams of cocaine, scales, a blender used to mix the drugs, plastic bags and cut-foil squares to package the drugs. The rest of the house proved clean.

Because the heroin could have come from out of state, perhaps from Chicago, Rachals said he believed this could be the start of a bigger investigation that would involve the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Because the investigation remains open, no one would say how the Chicago connection came about.

On Friday authorities said Jackson remained in the Lee County Jail with more charges for trafficking and other crimes awaiting him in Albany.


Cartman 3 years, 1 month ago

Welcome to Lee County, Jeremy!


Amazed2 3 years, 1 month ago

He should have stayed south of the New Welcome signs !!!!


TamewRod 3 years, 1 month ago

Nice to see that thinly veiled racist comments are still alive and well as we enter 2012.


Cartman 3 years ago

Quickly followed by the responses flavored with feigned over-sensitivity.


LuLu 3 years ago

I read and re-read the three comments before yours and I find nothing whatsoever remotely "raaaaaacist!!" about any of them. Please get a dictionary and learn how to use it.


Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

@TamewRod - Well Bruh...........that DOES seem to be the consistent thread doesn't it?


chinaberry25 3 years ago

Most stay out of Lee County because unless you have money for bail, which will be high, you can spend over a year in jail without bail. You can get it, but better have money. Sometimes two, Criminal court is held rarely and the dockets are full months in advance. Even petty crimes you do the time without money. Stay in bigger towns and this will not happen.


Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

Chicago......the home of Barack Obama. See if there is a link to him.


justme 3 years ago

DRUGS could care less who you are, your family, your friends don't make a diff. DRUGS could care less whatever your ethnic/social background is. DRUGS could care less if you have a job if not go steal. DRUGS could care less if you get them off the street, in the dope house or from the Doctor. DRUGS could care less if you are educated or not. So, not to drag this on. DRUGS COULD CARELESS ABOUT YOU.......


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