Four people were arrested Thursday when members of the Ware County Sheriff’s Department drug unit executed a search warrant at a house in the 4900 block of the Alma Highway where 21 pounds of pot, piles of money and 11 guns were seized, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
“This was a big hit,” said Royal. “We seized about $25,000 in cash, seven rifles, four pistols, about 21 pounds of marijuana, some packaged for sale, and packaging materials.”
Jeffery Lay, 53, of the 4900 block of the Alma Highway, Kristy Southerland, 52, of the 4900 block of the Alma Highway, Thomas Gill, 58, of the 4700 block of Voith Bridge Road, Blackshear, and Joshua Pulliam, 29, of the 3200 block of Little River Trail, Blackshear, were taken into custody by Sgt. Robert Weiss, Detective Tron Lewis, Detective James Cox, Lt. Neil Skerratt, Detective Freddy Henderson, Deputy John Walthour and Deputy Clay Carter, who executed the search warrant following a six-month intensive investigation.
They are charged with trafficking in marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Royal. Lay is additionally charged with two counts of sales of marijuana to an undercover operative.
The four suspects were being held in the Ware County jail where they were awaiting a bond hearing this morning, Royal said.
“We consider this a significant bust,” said Royal. “We believe this operation had been going on for some time. We had difficulty being able to conduct the investigation but about six months ago, we got the investigation moving and made successful buys. At that point, we obtained the search warrant and they went there last night at 7:07.”