Thursday, May 31, 2012
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ALBANY, Ga. — A Jamaican national faces federal arms-trafficking charges and state drug possession charges after Albany Police Department Gang Unit officers arrested him at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, police officials said.
Winston Jones, 38, was arrested after Gang Unit officers got a tip he was living at 507 Swift St., said police Cpl. Prurince Dice. Jones has links to the Jamaican Posse, a criminal gang in his homeland, Dice added.
“We got information over the weekend that a fugitive was residing on the east side,” Dice said. “He had federal warrants for possession of firearms and arms trafficking.”
After setting up surveillance and locating Jones, officers moved in, Dice said. They found Jones at home with his significant other, Latoya Zackary, 24, and more than a half-pound or $3,000 worth of marijuana in the refrigerator.
The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit responded to handle the drug aspect of the case, Dice said.
Jones and Zackary are in the Dougherty County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a jail spokesman said.
Dice said that as an illegal immigrant, Jones is waiting to go into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody to face federal charges.