By Kate Gaier
5:30 pm October 3, 2006
Thomas County narcotics agents say it's rare to see a day go by without an arrest for possession of an illegal substance. The most recent arrest happened on New Hope Road just outside Boston. Thirty-four-year-old John Sutton was taken into custody for growing marijuana in his yard.
Kevin Lee, Thomas County Narcotics Agent, said, "It appeared that the suspect definitely did his homework on how to grow marijuana. It was very high-grade-looking marijuana plants."
Agents say this recent arrest is a small bust, but they know it won't be their last. They say criminals keep coming up with new ways to hide, grow and sell drugs, and this keeps them constantly busy.
Carol Hipsley, a concerned grandparent, shared, "I believe they are doing what they can. Like I say, it's a big problem and we never have enough law enforcement to cover all of the things."
Sierra Banbrunt added, "They are illegal; there's a reason they should be illegal. I'm only 18, but still. I don't think it's good for the community. Little kids are always around. Kids walk up and down the street all the time. You don't need kids around that."
Thomas County agents say they feel they have a strong handle on the drug problem. They say they know the drugs are out there and they are doing everything they can to get rid of them.
To help combat the illegal drug problem, the Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force was formed in 1994. This task force covers Mitchell, Baker and Grady Counties.