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Gun, 100 rounds in rotary magazine seized

 A semi-automatic gun with a 100-bullet rotary magazine and  other ammunition are displayed with 78.6 grams of cocaine and 7 grams of marijuana at the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit office Friday.

A semi-automatic gun with a 100-bullet rotary magazine and other ammunition are displayed with 78.6 grams of cocaine and 7 grams of marijuana at the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit office Friday.

ALBANY, Ga. -- A simple traffic stop turned into an earnest drug and weapons bust at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit report.

A driver in a 2002 black Ford F-350 pickup attracted attention because his tag light was out, Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry said. When the driver tried to avoid the patrol car stop, he got more attention.

"Our agents noticed he threw a couple items from the vehicle as he drove away on Slappey (Boulevard)," Berry said. "There are no routine traffic stops."

According to Berry, when the agents caught 33-year-old Kevin Denail Harris in the pickup, they seized a GSG .22-caliber pistol with a bullet in the chamber and a rotary magazine that carried 100 rounds in it.

According to websites such as americanrifleman.org, the German Sport Guns pistol can be bought as a semi-automatic. The pistol comes with a 10-round magazine, but 22-round magazines and 110-round drums can be purchased.

Berry agreed that killing people is the only use the gun could possibly have. In light of the recent Connecticut school massacre, he added that it could fit under a coat, be smuggled into a building and used to kill a lot of people in an enclosed space such as a classroom.

"It isn't a hunting gun," Berry said. "And think about it: We (drug agents) have 16 shots. He has 100."

The agents also seized another almost 100 rounds of ammunition, Berry said. The "items" thrown from the pickup turned out to be 78.6 grams of cocaine worth more than $7,000 and about seven grams of marijuana, he added.

Berry said that Harris was charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of a firearm illegally, tampering with evidence, tag light required and booked into Dougherty County Jail. Harris remained in jail at 4 p.m. Friday in lieu of $1,100 bail, according to the jail's automated answering system.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 3 months ago

"A simple traffic stop turned into an earnest drug and weapons bust at about 11 p.m. Wednesday . . ." Aggressive law enforcement at the street level is a critical factor if the tide of violence in this city is to be turned.

Consolidate the police forces and turn them loose to do their jobs.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

What the hell did this jerk need a gun like this for? A 100 bullet clip? This weapon was designed for KILLING...not protection, not putting food on the table, but KILLING, plain and simple. It is these types of weapons that need to be gotten off the streets....Dear Heaven, this is frightening.

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

Now wait. didn't the individual break the law by possessing the firearm in the first place? Plus, will he be Federally charged for that violation and serve the mandatory ten? I will almost bet the gun charge will be pled away in some deal or another. Perpetrators carry guns because they have no fear of getting caught with one. They need to fear the wrath of the Justice system in order to force them to use attack dogs, knives and baseball bats. That is until we make it too expensive for them to be in possession of any weapon. That is how you stop this gun violance. Put the perpetrator away for so long, they won't get out of prison in this lifetime.

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skilletsdirt 1 year, 3 months ago

Berry agreed that killing people is the only use the gun could possibly have. Seriously? What a stupid comment.

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alleebrin 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree that some sort of gun control is a must! I don't know much about guns, but it seems to me a pistol with a half dozen or so rounds would suffice to protect one's property. Correct me if I'm off base, please!

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USTPC 1 year, 3 months ago

You are off base.

What you are suggesting is that law abiding citizens can only have revolvers capable of shooting 6 shots. Criminals do not care about laws limiting your shots to 6. Therefore, they will continue to carry guns with much higher capacities. In addition to that, you have to recognize that the person defending themselves may miss 1-2-3 times leaving them less to take down their attacker. Finally, and this is a fact, there are instances where an enraged, drug laden criminal has been hit 7-8-9-10 times with bullets and still kept coming. So, limiting law abiding citizens to 6 rounds or less puts them at a distinct disadvantage to the criminal.

I agree with Walt, the penalty for illegally possessing a gun and/or using that gun in a criminal activity requires a mandatory 10 year sentence that cannot be plea bargained away and parole cannot be granted until 10 years has been served.

In addition to that I think there should not be any gun free zones. I also think that teachers and administrators who are willing should be given training and allowed to carry concealed on school premises and business premises.

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LoneCycler 1 year, 3 months ago

Bail is set at $1,100? This guy will be out of jail by the time you read this. That seems ridiculously low for 78 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm while engaged in felonious activity. A conviction on the possession charge alone will get 20 years federal time with no parole, won't it?. What on earth was the judge thinking? But go ahead, seize and demonize the gun while the man himself is let out of jail so he can somehow raise funds for his defense. I wonder how much cocaine he's going to have to sell to pay for a lawyer?

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VSU 1 year, 3 months ago

Another slap on the wrist and we wonder why so many with a long list of warrants are walking the streets.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

I think it is about time the citizens of the county started thinking about getting some DECENT judges on the bench.....don't you....I mean come on people...a lousy bail for this guy doncha think? Your efforts got rid of that sorry DOCO school super now let's see you work on getting these sorry azz judges outta the court rooms!!!!!!

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

Which one of the stupid ass judges in Dougherty County set this bond? Marshall perhaps? This is the kind of asinine ruling she would make. Also, makes me wonder if the judges are getting kickbacks from the dealers and pushers. $1100--you gotta be f**** kidding me.

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