Members of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit were out with flashlights, brooms and dustpans to sweep up thousands of dollars worth of crystal meth, which officials say was thrown from a car late Monday. The driver had had been approached after a routine traffic wreck call. (Special photo)
ALBANY — One of the largest methamphedamine busts ever in the area was made Monday in a joint action of the Albany Police Department and the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, law enforcement officials said.
According to Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the ADDU, around 8 p.m. Monday, officers of the APD responded to a one-car traffic wreck on Beattie Road at the entrance to Quail Hollow. While the damage to the 2012 Kia Optima seemed minor, when officers approached the vehicle, the driver suddenly jumped out and began throwing a white substance in all directions, then ran away, Berry said.
When officers caught up with the driver, who authorities identified as Kinley Grissom, and had a chance to examine what he’d thrown, they discovered it was no ordinary substance, Berry said. When officers found the high-quality, crystal methamphedamine, or “ice,” the ADDU was called in, according to Berry.
“The stuff was all over the entrance ways, the bushes, the road, the car. It took us more than an hour on our hands and knees, working with brooms and dustpans, to get up all we could,” Berry said. Finally, when they’d salvaged a little more than a pound of the potent drug — probably the largest seizure in Albany’s history, Berry said — the Albany Fire Department was called to hose the rest away.
Berry estimated the street value of the drug at $73,000.
“But this was no street sale,” Berry said. “This was a wholesale delivery. If you’re a drug user waiting for your drugs, this was very bad. For us it’s a huge lick in the war on drugs.”
According to Berry, Grissom was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for drug testing and then to the Dougherty County Jail. Grissom has been charged with DUI (drugs), driving on suspended license and failure to maintain lane, Berry said, with further charges pending. Officers are awaiting a warrant to search Grissom’s car as well, Berry said.