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Henry Abreu busted in Stafford Avenue drug raid

A strike team consisting of Lamar sheriff’s deputies and GBI agents executed search warrants at a home at 123 Stafford Ave. in Barnesville Wednesday morning and arrested Henry Abreu who is no stranger to trouble with the law. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo(s) are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form or format – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* Abreu was taken to an area hospital after ingesting drugs in an attempt to hide them. Battering rams and a taser were used in the raid. A handgun and drugs were found in Abreu’s vehicle in the driveway. Sheriff Brad White said Abreu is charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute with more charges forthcoming. The sheriff said Abreu had been under surveillance for some time and was considered a “major dealer.” Abreu was serving as Barnesville’s appointed municipal judge, owned a Century 21 real estate franchise and served on the Industrial Development Authority here when he was arrested in a sting operation on May 5, 2006. The sting was set up by former sheriff Joe Buice who said a concerned parent told him Abreu had told a 16-year-old female and a friend he would provide them with alcoholic beverages. Deputies set up video and audio surveillance and Abreu arrived at the girl’s home at 8 p.m. with the alcohol. Abreu was arrested. In his possession was a 12-pack of Bud Light, the cell phone used to contact the girls, $3500 in cash and two condoms. Abreu was charged with DUI, violation of oath of office, furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, permitting an unlicensed person to drive and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was later sentenced to five years probation, removed from the IDA and the judgeship and ultimately lost the real estate franchise. In 2007, he was involved in a serious traffic accident on Hwy. 18 and charged with DUI. He got 45 days in jail and was fined $950 on that charge. UPDATE FROM LCSO: At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning deputies and investigators conducted a search warrant. The search warrant was executed after a months long investigation at the address of 123 Stafford Avenue in Barnesville. Deputies made contact with the target, Henry Abreu, and he began chewing and attempting to swallow Methamphetamine. Deputies attempted to restrain Mr. Abreu and stop him from ingesting the substance. After a brief struggle, it was determined he actually did ingest some of the narcotics. An ambulance was called and Mr. Abreu was transported to an area hospital. Investigators search the home and found numerous firearms, a large amount of Methamphetamine and Marijuana. Mr. Abreu will be charged with numerous felonies. We will update when charges are filed. In 2009, he was charged with harassing women at a local nursing home where he lived for a time after reportedly suffering a stroke.

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