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Georgia authorities seize 895 illegal prescription pills during drug bust at storage facility

March 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Georgia authorities seize 895 illegal prescription pills during drug bust at storage facility

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Four people were taken into custody this week after law enforcement officials seized 895 illegal prescription pills during a drug raid at a storage facility in Cherokee County, Georgia.

The illegal prescription pills, which included Percocet, oxycodone, and meth, were discovered at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Compass Self Storage, according to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.

“The abuse of prescription painkillers is the cause of heroin abuse in Cherokee County,” the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said, which assisted the sheriff’s office in the probe.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the facility to execute an arrest warrant on George Porter IV and Crystal Hobbs.

When they arrived, the doors of two units were open, and Porter, Hobbs and two others were inside. The other individuals have been identified as Robert Tanner IV and Amber Higginbotham.

“Deputies said they saw an open case on a workbench which appeared to contain various pills,” the narcotics squad indicated. “Deputies also smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the unit.”

Tanner had Percocet, and a .380-caliber firearm in his possession and Higginbotham had 21 oxycodone tablets on her as well.

Deputies, however, recovered the majority of the drugs after they obtained search warrants for several vehicles and the two storage units.

The search led to the seizure of a .40-caliber handgun, 4.3 grams of meth, 55.2 grams of marijuana, and 174 oxycodone pills.

Police also recovered 548 pills of the sedative alprazolam, 86 tablets of the muscle relaxer carisoprodol and dozens of pills used to for pain and ADHD.

The drugs are worth an estimated $11,500.

Porter IV and Hobbs are facing seven counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. They are also facing charges of possession with the intent to distribute meth and marijuana.

Tanner is facing charges of firearm possession during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, and possession of under one ounce of marijuana.

Higginbotham faces two counts oxycodone and methadone possession.

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