ALBANY — An Albany man who ran from deputies serving civil court papers last week is now in jail facing drug and weapons charges unconnected to the civil action.
Kevin Bernard Griffin, 27, was booked in Dougherty County Jail and charged on probation violation, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm during a crime, said the jail’s automatic inquiry system.
Dougherty County Sheriff’s Capt. Craig Dodd said, “Deputies serving civil papers heard noise and walked around the back of a residence on the 1400 block of Waddell Avenue.
They saw two men hanging out next to a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox.”
Dodd added that when the men saw deputies they began to edge away from the SUV, which had its windows open.
“The deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the Equinox,” Dodd said. “The two men then took off.”
According to Dodd, deputies found about five pounds of marijuana in one-gallon plastic bags in Griffin’s SUV.
The officers also uncovered $18,999 in cash and a 9mm-caliber handgun.
As is standard operating procedure, the deputies called the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit for assistance because of the amount of suspected drugs.
Griffin got away from officers at the time, but he returned to his job at Dunbar’s Barbecue on the 1100 block of West Gordon Avenue.
“The owner, Corey Dunbar, told us Griffin wasn’t there,” Dodd said.
“We walked into the kitchen and lo and behold, there he was. Dunbar was charged with hindering officers.”