ALBANY, Ga. -- A man who tossed what authorities said was a kilogram cocaine package off the Oakridge Drive bridge into the Flint River caught the interest of federal agents.
"The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) in Columbus is very interested in our suspect," said Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry. "We got him before he took the cocaine where he was taking it. We want to find out where it came from."
Gregory Tushin Greene, 43, of 602 Pawnee Court, was in the Dougherty County Jail Thursday in lieu of $6,150 bail, stated the jail's automatic information system. He faces charges of trafficking in illegal drugs, tampering with evidence, abandonment of a controlled substance, attempting to elude law enforcement and more than 20 traffic violations.
Berry estimated the cocaine to be worth more than $100,000 in street value. The kilo, or 35.27 ounces, came wrapped in a vacuum-sealed moisture-proof square package sealed with beeswax.
"That's a pretty old-school way of packaging," Berry said. "It masks the odor and keeps it dry."
It also allows the package to float. Greene drove away from a traffic stop in a rented black 2013 Dodge Challenger, hitting speeds of 85 mph until he crashed after patrol cars boxed him in on the bridge.
Greene got out of the Dodge and heaved a touchdown pass-style toss that put the cocaine package in the river, Berry said. A quick response by the Albany Fire Department had a boat in the river ready to scoop up the package.
Green surrendered to authorities on the bridge. The case remains under investigation.