A woman is shown the way away from the scene of a drug bust on the 600 block of 16th Avenue Friday. About four people had to be released because they were outside the drug house, but had no drugs on them or had no outstanding warrants.
ALBANY, Ga. — There was a time when a “shot house” sold liquor illegally. These days, according to officials, a shot house could turn up selling with all sorts of drugs and alcohol.
Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents raided a house at 624 16th Ave. about 2:45 p.m. Friday, arresting five and confiscating a menu of illegal drugs. The raid was in response to neighbors calling about the constant traffic and people drinking and doing drugs at all hours, said Maj. Bill Berry, drug unit commander.
“We got 142 oxycodone, along with ecstasy pills, other pain pills, spice and marijuana,” Berry said. “We contained 10 or 12 people.”
The agents had to let all but five go because they were either not caught in the house, had no warrants on them or were not in possession of drugs. No weapons were found, Berry said.
Arrested on various drug and other charges were Alexander “Poochy” Brown, 39; Lentrail Thomas, 20; Wayne Brumbly, 24; Rick Webb, 21, and Victoria Huiras, 25.
“Brown has an open case for 10 pounds of marijuana in another jurisdiction,” said Assistant District Attorney Brumby Montgerard. “He isn’t a stranger to us.”
Neighbor Chris Coates watched the drug bust and said, “Thank God! Dealing drugs should be a capital offense. They kill a lot of people. I see young kids going in that house. There are 20 or 30 cars that drive through my yard a night to turn around.”
That isn’t the only drive-through that the house had, according to Berry. The house sits with its back to the parking lot of Phoebe North, the former Palmyra Medical Center.
Berry pointed out that there is a swath cut through the woods between the two so that cars can come off the parking lot and circle by the rear of the house to pick up drugs.
“It is just like a drive-through window,” Berry said. “They could come up from the back and not be seen on the street.”
When drug agents rolled up Friday to the rear, people scrambled from the house trying to take off through the front. They were met by more agents.
Agents then had to sort out those with warrants or drugs on them and determine who they could prove were in the house.
“When we got them,” Berry said, “not one of them would say they lived there. We had to call the owner of the (rented) house to see who belonged.”
The house was used as a meeting place to sell and do drugs, not a residence, Berry said. No information on who rented the house was immediately available.