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3 college football players held for marijuana sales

The Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team recently conducted a drug raid in Statesboro, detaining a current player and two former players from the Georgia Southern football team on several charges. The trio faces individual counts of drug possession with intent to distribute.

Law enforcement supposedly located about one pound of high-quality marijuana at the residence the three men shared during the search. One of the men, a sophomore, reportedly resisted arrest, would not allow authorities access to his bedroom and bit an officer, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department. Once he was finally restrained, officers allegedly found a handgun in the room. He was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and felony resisting arrest. Police held him in custody as no bond was set. The school reported that he was suspended indefinitely following the incident until the legal process could run its course. At that time, the head coach and athletic director would determine if he should remain a member of the team. The sophomore was involved in only one game during the previous season.

3 in custody on drug charges in Georgia city

Sylvester police took two men and one woman into custody on multiple charges on April 10. A 27-year-old man was taken into custody at 1 a.m. at a corner store on Franklin Street. He has been charged with drug crimes possession of cocaine and use of communication to sell drugs.

In a separate incident, a 40-year-old man was taken into custody on several charges, including driving on a suspended license, possession of schedule IV narcotics, possession of methamphetamine, a tag violation and possession of a drug-related object. The 40-year-old man and a 40-year-old female passenger were taken into police custody following a traffic stop. The female passenger is facing charges of possession of schedule IV and II narcotics, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a drug-related object. All three individuals were booked into the Worth County Jail.

Woman charged with DUI and vehicular homicide after fatal crash

A woman from Georgia has been charged with vehicular homicide after an accident that left a man dead and two other people injured. In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, charges of DUI, driving without headlights, driving on the wrong side of the road and serious injury by vehicle have been filed against the driver.

The accident happened on March 30 at around 8:30 p.m. on Highway 140 near the Floyd County line. According to Georgia State Patrol, a Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck crossed the center line and hit a Mercedes E350 head on. The driver of the Mercedes, a 55-year-old church pastor, was killed.

Georgia Supreme Court throws out death sentence and conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court threw out the conviction and death sentence of a man accused of murdering a bank vice president on May 12, 1999. The court said the man had not been competent to stand trial for numerous felonies in 2002 when he was originally convicted. The court also said that his lawyer in the 2002 trial did not adequately present evidence of the accused man's mental illness.

According to authorities, the accused and one of his employees from his service station rode bicycles to the home of a bank executive who worked at the bank next door to the accused man's service station in Macon County. Police say that the accused engaged the executive in a struggle in the front yard of the home and then ordered the employee to stab the executive and use a stun gun. When the employee refused, the accused reportedly stabbed the executive 12 times and had the employee hide the body in the bushes next to the home. He was eventually sentenced to death, life in prison and an additional 35 years in prison.

University of Georgia professor charged with drug possession

A Georgia professor has recently been charged with multiple drug offenses after one student claims that he asked her to purchase prescription drugs. The professor is currently on unpaid leave.

University of Georgia police allege that one of the university's tenured professors asked a female student to purchase prescription drugs for him when she went on vacation in Mexico. The professor, they claim, heard that the student would be visiting Mexico on spring break. Authorities allege that the professor then requested, in front of the entire class, that the student bring him Bupropion. Bupropion, as allegedly described by the professor, is a drug that makes you happy and helps with weight loss. Reports claim that the professor asked the student a second time, this time showing her a prescription pill bottle and giving instructions on how to obtain it.

2 facing charges after drug bust

Georgia residents may have heard that more than $5,200 in cash and multiple drugs were discovered at a Morgantown residence during an early morning drug bust. Two men, ages 44 and 46, were taken into custody, and both are facing drug charges.

Officers with the Morgantown Street Crimes Unit and detectives of the Monongalia Valley Drug Task Force searched the residence and discovered approximately $5,296 in cash, 21 grams of marijuana, 2 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of crack cocaine and about 100 heroin stamps. They were taken into custody on various charges, including possession with intent to deliver and sell both marijuana and crack cocaine. One of the two is allegedly wanted on drug charges in another state. The two men man maybe facing more charges as the investigation moves forward.

Man with two prior felony convictions charged with murder

According to police, a Georgia man who has been convicted of two previous felonies was taken into custody on March 6, and he was charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 8 shooting death of an Atlanta man. Police say that the man was discovered close to Tuskegee Avenue lying in the middle of the road after being shot several times. The man's pickup truck was also missing, according to police.

A warrant for armed robbery charges and murder was issued to investigators. The defendant was taken into custody on murder charges after being located by U.S. Marshals in Lithonia. The defendant has a history of two felonies including drug charges, terroristic threats, robbery and aggravated assault.

Four people taken into custody during drug investigation

On Feb. 27, four people were taken into custody as the result of a drug investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. According to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office news release, the undercover operation lasted for one week and took place at various motels in Forsyth.

Undercover investigators made arrangements to purchase illegal drugs and then made the purchases. The news release states that some of the purchases were arranged through public advertisement and social network websites. The four individuals are now facing multiple drug charges. Some of the charges included possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, sale of crack cocaine to a police officer and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Georgia teen sentenced to life for murder

A Georgia teenager was sentenced to life in prison after confessing to murder. On Feb. 20, the teen unexpectedly admitted to the murder of a retired 76-year-old man during a home burglary in 2012. He had previously claimed that the triggerman was one of his two adult accomplices. The teen, now 18 years old, was 16 at the time that he committed the felonies.

The admission of guilt apparently came as a result of an agreement between the Athens teenager and the district attorney. In addition to pleading guilty to murder, the teen agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of his two adult accomplices for murder and burglary charges and testify against them in court. He also agreed to plead guilty to multiple charges related to a string of burglaries that preceded the fatal shooting.

Georgia detained for possessing artificial marijuana

In Worth County, a man was taken into police custody for the possession of spice, or synthetic marijuana. The discovery of the drug was made almost accidentally; authorities showed up at the man's home looking for his father, who was wanted on several charges. They did not find the man's father, but they did reportedly find an ounce of spice in the home. After obtaining a warrant, police detained the man for drug possession.

Georgia law enforcement authorities report that spice is marijuana made in a lab. Unlike natural marijuana, however, it is incredibly dangerous and can cause a variety of negative effects, including death. A sergeant K-9 handler noted that younger drug users tend to choose the dangerous variant of marijuana because it won't show up on routine drug tests.

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