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Four busted in drug raid

Sheriff Larry Waller and his deputies, Barnesville Police Department investigators, Narcotics Task Force agents and personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration made four arrests today after a drug raid on a residence at 137 Banks Rd. One of those arrested is a Griffin firefighter. Arrested were Reginald Denard Tamplin, 32, Virginia Ann Tamplin, 60, David Thomas Tamplin, 63, and Shemika DeShawn Sullivan, 24. The four were charged with trafficking in both powder and crack cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of multiple firearms during commission of a felony. Trafficking in cocaine is defined under state and federal law as possession of more than one ounce of cocaine. Three vehicles, multiple firearms, approximately 10 ounces of crack and powdered cocaine and some 22 ounces of marijuana were seized in the raid. Other charges are pending against the suspects and additional arrests may be forthcoming. The raid was conducted after Judge Tommy Wilson signed a search warrant, Waller said. Waller praised the multiagency cooperation that led to the arrests. ”We have a serious drug problem here now and we plan to make many more arrests of this type. People in Lamar County are tired of the criminals who bring drugs here, make a profit for themselves and leave our children and families to suffer. If you know of drug dealers, turn them in and we will get them, too,” Waller said. Reginald Tamplin, a black male, is employed with the Griffin-Spalding County Fire Department. Sullivan, a black female, described herself as a student. David Tamplin, a black male, and Virginia Tamplin, a black female, claimed to be unemployed.

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