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Drug, alcohol sales busts made

Spalding deputies and investigators have made two arrests for drugs and arrested several store clerks for selling alcohol to minors. The full release from the Spalding S.O. follow: On January 13, 2012 the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Division executed a search warrant at 301 Springview Drive Griffin, Georgia. As a result of the search warrant Kenneth Vernard Stephens, 30 years old of 301 Springview Drive was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute. On January 18, 2012, William Earle Bryant 50 years old of 453 Hammond Drive Griffin, Georgia was arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Division. Bryant was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. ’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢ Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office conducted a Business inspections of the businesses that sell alcohol. The inspection was conducted on Friday January 20, 2012. According to Sheriff Wendell Beam 25 businesses were inspected and investigators arrested four violators. According to Sheriff Beam the following businesses sold alcohol to a minor; Petro Station 1639 N. Hill Street; Arrested 47 year old Suryant Muljibhal Patel of Lilburn, Georgia Northside Package 1303 N. Hill Street; 46 year old Ho Lee Lawrenceville, Georgia Coles Corner 7051 Newnan Road; 31 year old Lillian Melinda Evans Griffin, Georgia Shell Station 1701 Williamson Road: 25 year old Chitrang Naginbai Patel Griffin, Georgia Super Speed Zone 678 N. Expressway; Arrest is pending. Sheriff Beam stated that the arrest were made from the businesses that violated the law with one exception the clerk/owner of the Super Speed Zone had got off work before investigators arrived to make the arrest. All persons arrested have been charged with Selling alcohol to a person under 21 year of age and all were brought to the Detention Center and have since been released on bond. The information from the investigation will also be turned over to the City and County Commissioners that could affect the business license of each business.

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