Moultrie, Georgia - August 2, 2011 -
Deputies say some folks going to buy drugs were taking their infants and toddlers with them.
Colquitt County Deputies say bags of fake cocaine were sold during a drug sting the morning of Thursday, July 28th. What buyers didn't know was that inside the bags were dry apples.
A Crack house sits next door to a couple of kids, but on Thursday, a search warrant was issued and deputies set up shop.
"It's been five years since we've done an operation like this and by far this has been the most successful," says Colquitt County Drug Task Force Commander Steve Exum.
He says more than twenty people were arrested. Mary Johnson and Derrick Ryles were the first thrown behind bars.
Deputies say the window at the home located at 819 Ninth Avenue S.E. in Moultrie was used to distribute crack cocaine.
Exum tells WCTV they found about 10-12 grams of cocaine inside the home. He believes the people operating it cashed in more than one-thousand dollars a day.
"Drugs in the area, there's nothing we can do about it," says Colquitt County Resident Ted Jordan.
It wasn't the amount of money or the number of arrests that shocked Ted Jordan. Instead he says it was word that three of the people arrested brought their children, ages nine months to five years old, along for the ride.
"It must be one over-whelming powerful thing to do to have your kids there by your side," says Jordan.