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Gadsden drug task force nabs three

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By Alice Du Pont

The Gadsden County Drug Task Force executed three search warrants on the morning of Feb. 1 and by noon, three people had been arrested on various drug charges.

According to official reports, this is what happened:
The first warrant, executed at 6:30 a.m., was served on a private residence at 739 Hutchinson Ferry Road in northern Gadsden County. Bobby Lee Zeigler, 34, was arrested on charges of one count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; one count of cocaine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; one count of owning or renting a structure or vehicle known to sell drugs; one count possession of drug equipment and one count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

On entering the residence, task force members searched an attached garage and in a green Volvo there reportedly found plastic bags containing marijuana; inside the home, more marijuana was found in the kitchen, $1,125 in cash was found in the bedroom along with 500 milligrams of Hydrocodone pills as well as a bottle of Inositol, commonly used as a cutting agent for cocaine.

Ziegler allegedly told a member of the task force the marijuana growing outside in a shed was his “grow house” and that he used the drug daily. His plan, he said, was to move to California so that he could grow it legally.

Around 8:30 a.m., another warrant was served at 317 Holley Circle, east of Quincy. Darrell Gemane Sweet, 34, initially tried to barricade himself in his bedroom but task force members were able gain entry and detain Sweet.

After a search of the dwelling, he was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are stored or sold and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and trafficking cocaine.

Sweet’s criminal background revealed he has three prior felony convictions.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a warrant was served at 1810 Florida Ave. in Quincy. James Stinson, 39, who has a Rivera Beach, Fla., address, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He told officers the drugs found in the home belonged to him and were for his personal use.

According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Stinson “stated that he was not a drug dealer but an avid smoker.”

In all three incidents, the men were transported to the county jail.