Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents confiscated 1.25 pounds of marijuana, ecstasy pills, a .45 caliber Ruger and a .22-caliber Beretta handgun, about $2,200 in cash scales and drug-sale paraphernalia Monday from a 600 block of Lucille Street residence.
ALBANY, Ga. — An 8-month-old girl cuddled a pillow on the floor about six inches below 1.25 pounds of pungent marijuana when drug agents entered a house to arrest her father, an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit official said.
"The drugs were on top of a coffee table right above her," said Maj. Bill Berry, ADDU commander. "She was laying on top of a ... pale-blue blanket under the drugs in the living room."
Drug agents arrested Rodrecius Montrell James, 29, at his 600-A Lucille St. residence about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Berry said.
Berry said that James faces charges of possession of marijuana and a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He also faces a reckless conduct charge in connection with his disregard for his 8-month-old daughter, Berry added.
"It has been a very long time since we found a child that young so close to drugs," Berry said. "I can't remember how long ago it was."
The agents called the Division of Family and Children Services for the infant, Berry reported. The girl's grandmother came over and the child was turned over to her, along with a 7-year-old boy who was at school, he added.
Berry said that along with the marijuana — worth about $4,200, according to priceofweed.com — agents found $2,200 in cash. Agents also confiscated ecstasy pills, electronic scales used to weigh the marijuana and other drug-sale paraphernalia from the living room, he added.
In the bedroom, agents picked up a .45-caliber Ruger handgun and a .22-caliber Beretta pistol, Berry said.
James could face possession of guns by a felon charges, Berry said. He added that similar charges await James in a couple of counties. Berry said that James's record in other counties also will be investigated.
A neighborhood watch complaint helped the agents zero in on James, Berry said. "They were a big help," he added.