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ADDU: Last-minute sting nets 16 in a drug bust

ALBANY, Ga. -- Drug agents moved in on a raid, turned it into a sting and netted 16 people on drug charges.

"We had gotten complaints about a house on the 500 block of Ninth Avenue as a drug house," said Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit. "We raided the place about noon Friday."

The agents were stunned by the number of people showing up to buy drugs while they were at the scene. It was like the place was open for business as agents burst in the door, made arrests and catalogued the goods inside the house.

"They went and dropped drugs in a burn barrel outside the house," Berry said. "We had to turn the barrel over to get evidence. We arrested four suspects at the barrel."

Since customers continued to drive up and walk up to the house, the agents decided to sell marijuana, crack and oxycodone. Once bought, the customers were cuffed and taken in.

"That's how we got the other 12, during the sting," Berry said.

From the raid, agents confiscated about $500 worth of marijuana, crack and oxycodone pills. Inside the house, there were spoons with powder, probably oxycodone ready to mix with water so it could be injected, and a large number of boxes of syringes, Berry added.

No weapons of note were found until about 9:20 p.m. At about that time, a man pulled up for a drug deal with a .44 Magnum revolver strapped to his side.

Berry said agents arrested the gunman and then, after more than nine hours handling a raid and a sting, called it a night.