Man indicted on drug trafficking charges

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Derrick Moore on multiple charges of drug possession and trafficking, a court official said.

“He had 33 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and $401 in cash on him when he was arrested Sept. 25,” said Matthew Breedon, Dougherty County’s chief assistant district attorney. “The (Albany-Dougherty) Drug Unit had a warrant and searched his Sleep Inn Motel room. They found 2.625 pounds of marijuana, 28.5 grams coke and $1,130 in cash.”

Breedon said that the .5 gram sealed the trafficking in cocaine charge. Under Georgia law, he said, trafficking requires more than 28 grams, which is about an ounce.

The amount of marijuana also meant it was for distribution, Breedon added. According to thepriceofweed.com, the average price for 2.65 pounds of medium-grade marijuana is $7,415.

Moore does not have bond, the Dougherty County Jail’s automated answering system stated. He will turn 33 in jail on Sunday. According to Breedon, Moore faces a long prison term and heavy fines.

If convicted of just cocaine trafficking, Moore will spend 10 years mandatory in prison, Breedon said. The minimum fine hits $200,000, he said.

Breedon added, “He’ll never be able to pay that off in his lifetime.”

The arrest was developed by the Drug Unit after it had put four others in jail the same day on various drug and firearms charges. Those men were not on the indictments Wednesday.

Other indictments included two 14-year-old boys who face armed robbery trials as adults for armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault.

Ryshun Raybon Jackson and Anton Deauntae Sutton, while armed with a handgun, confronted four 12-year-old boys and stole a green Mongoose bicycle on Oct. 6.

The two are being tried as adults, Breedon said, because it was an armed robbery.


LoneCycler 2 years, 8 months ago

The armed robbery of a bicycle from a group of 12 year olds in south central Albany really ticked me off when I read about it. I'm glad the police found the 14 year olds that did it.


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