The Commerce Police Department charged three people with drug offenses after conducting separate searches of three local residences.
A man who came to bail out one of those suspects was also arrested.
“We had received some information from people suspicious about drug activity,” explained detective Chad Knight. “We were able to substantiate enough to get warrants.”
The first warrant was executed last Wednesday at the 261 Shankle Road residence of Octavius Orlando Sarden, 22, where police recovered a quarter ounce of crack cocaine, a half ounce of marijuana and razor blades and plastic bags commonly used in drug distribution.
Sarden was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
On Thursday, police went to the residence of Tommy Ray Phillips, 42, where they found nine morphine pills — and no prescription. He was charged with possession of morphine.
The third warrant was executed at the 15 Holden Court residence of Christine Lucindo Pittman, 39, where police found a small amount of marijuana.
When her father, Amos Boyd Pittman, 72, of 56 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Commerce, showed up to bail her out, he got some more bad news.
“I was holding warrants from a prior investigation, so we served those on him,” Knight said.
He was charged with two counts of selling cocaine.
01/19/09 at 06:15 PM
There has been drug activity going on at a College Ave. address for 14 years that I know of.Not once has that residence ever been busted,even though it's almost in the C.P.D.'s back yard.I know of 6 (six) deaths that have been a result of the dealings going on there.So good job C.P.D. at your drug bust,but when are you going to get SERIOUS about drugs in the community?
What was the probable cause to issue a search warrant on Holden Court and what is a small amount of marijuana, a joint? Our city officers operate almost beyond the point of legality in many of their traffic stops and now to execute a search warrant and only find a small amount of marijuana. Again, what evidence was presented before a judge to get the search warrant? I can afford to sue the city of Commerce and the individual officers. I am waiting on my illegal or questionable stop and search. That $10,000 confiscated on I-85 will not settle my lawsuit. This may be what is needed to get the attention of our do nothing city leaders. A huge lawsuit, I know that there have been enough abuses on I-85 traffic stops to start a class action lawsuit.
Go ahead and sue someone. There is also something called defamation of character. I assure you if a search warrant was issued, there was probable cause. By the way MR. I CAN AFFORD TO SUE, read OCGA 16-13-30. Better yet I will tell you what it says! Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana is a crime punishable up to 12 months in prison..............Leave our city police alone. They work long hours and don't get paid crap. I'm suprised the city council and administration hasn't started laying them off. Commerce is such a bullcrap political town.
AMEN! The boys do a good job for little pay. I don't care if it was a small marijuana seed in the house. It's still ILLEGAL! Small amounts of drugs come from big amounts of drugs. Shut down the small dealers and users and you will find you big ones. The ones on here complaining are the ones that are getting their business hurt. So Mr. money bags... Where did all that money come from, feeling the pinch from your slum lord dealers being locked up?