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Albany Tech assistant basketball coach arrested on pot charge

An investigator with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit arranges marijuana confiscated from an apartment on Buck Lane on a table at ADDU headquarters Wednesday.

An investigator with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit arranges marijuana confiscated from an apartment on Buck Lane on a table at ADDU headquarters Wednesday.

ALBANY, Ga. — Part-time Albany Technical College assistant basketball coach Ravii Givens was charged with marijuana distribution after Albany Police Department officers responded to a burglar alarm and discovered pot in his apartment.

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Ravii Givens

The APD was called to 1917-A Buck Lane early Tuesday afternoon in response to an activated burglar alarm and discovered the back door broken in.

When they entered the premises the officers detected a strong odor of marijuana and found packaged pot in plain view.

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Patrick Lewis

"At that point the officers locked down the house and called in the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit," ADDU Commander Bill Berry said. "We obtained a search warrant and discovered about four pounds of marijuana scattered throughout the house.

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Anthony Seay

Berry said the unit later took Givens, 33, and Patrick Lewis, 27, into custody. A third suspect, Anthony Seay, 37, remains at large. All three were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Berry said Seay has prior arrests for drugs.

"This was not your typical burglary, whoever broke in knew what they were looking for. They didn't touch a flat screen TV that was in the apartment," Berry said. "It took us more than three hours to find all the marijuana."

When asked why he thought the burglars didn't take all the pot, Berry replied. "We don't know why. They were in a hurry and maybe the alarm or the sound of approaching sirens scared them off.

Givens, a 1998 Westover High School graduate, was an all-state player with the Patriots and played college basketball at Stetson University.