Sheriff: Investigation results in two arrests, dozens of drug and weapons charges

STAFF REPORT :::

Two Spalding County residents have been arrested on more than two dozen drug related and weapons charges.

According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the SCSO Special Operations Unit, with assistance from the Uniform Patrol Division, conducted an investigation on Feb. 19, that resulted in the arrests of Rafael Felipe Rivera and Alicia Lynn Lanier, both of 1756 Pine View Drive, Griffin.

As a result of the operation, agents seized one and a half pounds of marijuana, 18.24 grams of cocaine, 23.76 grams of methamphetamine and quantities of Ecstasy, Hydrocodone and Xanax pills.

THC oil and THC “shatter,” which is a marijuana extract, were also recovered.

Additionally, an assault rifle, two handguns, $15,000 in United States currency, a truck, trailer and two four-wheelers were also seized during the operation.

The seized narcotics had a combined estimated street value of approximately $12,000.

Rivera and Lanier were both arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana more than one ounce; possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possession of cocaine; possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; possession of methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute; possession of a schedule II narcotic (Hydrocodone); possession of a schedule IV narcotic (Alprazolam); possession of a schedule I narcotic (THC oil); possession of a schedule I narcotic (Ecstasy); possession of a schedule I narcotic (THC Shatter); nine counts of possession of drug related objects; three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; theft by receiving a stolen firearm; and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Rivera was also charged with tail light requirement, driving while license suspended and tag light requirement.

Rivera and Lanier are currently being held at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility awaiting their first appearance hearing.

“This is a great example of the hard work that our agents and deputies put in to make Spalding County safer. We are proud of and appreciate these deputies and all the members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office,” Dix said.

As a reminder, anyone who wishes to report illegal activity can contact the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division at 770.467.4210, and callers can remain anonymous.

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