Several Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit vehicles were on the bridge at the 200 block of East Oakridge Drive on Wednesday afternoon following the recovery of more than a kilo of cocaine that had been dumped in the river following a police chase.
ALBANY, Ga. -- An attempted traffic stop Wednesday afternoon ultimately resulted in the recovery of more than 1,000 grams of cocaine, officials from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit say.
A traffic stop was attempted on a rental 2013 Dodge Challenger on the 1400 block of Moultrie Road that was being driven by Gregory Tushin Greene, 43, a little after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, said Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the ADDU.
A chase ensued up to the 200 block of East Oakridge Drive. At that point, he reportedly crossed over against westbound traffic before jumping out of the vehicle and dumping a package into the Flint River.
An Albany Fire Department boat with two ADDU agents on board pushed off from the Radium Springs boat landing as the package floated down the river. The package was retrieved after it had gotten stuck on some rocks.
A field test done on the package verified that it contained cocaine. There was 1,217 grams of the drug in the package, which comes out to more than $100,000 in street value, Berry said.
"This is not the biggest we've seen, but he had way more (than he would use) for personal consumption," he said.
The Albany Police Department was called in to assist, the commander said. Greene gave himself up after throwing out the package, and the vehicle he was driving was towed to A-1 Wrecker Service.
Berry said that the package had been well sealed, and had been packed in wax and heat sealed several times in order to mask the odor.
"This is unusual," he said. "We've usually seen them use mustard."
Greene was expected to make his first court appearance this morning. It was anticipated Wednesday that he would be facing multiple traffic charges, as well as a trafficking cocaine charge, Berry said.
In the meantime, agents were expected to review video tapes as well as conduct interviews as a continuation of their investigation into the incident.