Man arrested after GBI find $10k of marijuana, $16k of pills in Richland home


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made a drug arrest at a Stewart County home Friday.

According to the GBI, 54-year-old Eric Lenn Josey was arrested in Richland after culminating a months-long investigation by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regional office in Columbus, Georgia.

Law enforcement agents developed information that Josey was distributing cocaine from his residence in Richland. A search warrant was executed at Josey’s home and agents discovered marijuana valued at $10,000, powder cocaine, crack cocaine valued at $1000, hydrocodone pills valued at $16,650, and a quantity of MDMA Ecstasy pills.  

Josey was charged with possession of a cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of scheduled II (hydrocodone) with intent to distribute, and possession of MDMA with intent to distribute.

After more investigation, Josey was charged with trafficking in illegal drugs (hydrocodone), theft by receiving stolen property (3 counts), and criminal use of an article with an altered serial number (2 counts). An arrest constitutes only the initiation of charges and those arrested are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Lumpkin Police Department, Richland Police Department, Stewart County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Corrections helped assist in the investigation.

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