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.