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FCSO busts 'mid-level' drug operation

Five charged with intent to distribute

POSTED: July 19, 2012 6:00 p.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

Noah Paul Spicer

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In what Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators are calling a major hit on drug distributors, five people were arrested this week for possession with the intent to distribute a number of illegal substances.

Investigators executed a search warrant Monday at a townhome in Summit Crossing Apartments, according to an agency news release.

Inside the home they found LSD, ecstasy, hash and marijuana in “distribution level amounts,” the release states.

Also found were large quantities of several substances that have still not been identified, which are being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for testing.

The five arrested, who are all from Cumming, include: Noah Paul Spicer, 20; Alex Robichaux, 19; Evan Michael Snider, 20; Kara Lane Buffington, 18; and Joshua Taylor Bell, 19.

The townhome searched at 6104 Ivy Summit Court was rented by Spicer and Robichaux, and all five suspects lived there.

All five were charged with one count each of possession of LSD with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA (ecstasy) with intent to distribute and possession of hash with intent to distribute.

All were arrested at the scene, except for Robichaux, who turned himself in at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

All five remain in jail with no bond. They are scheduled to have a drug court review July 23.

In a statement, Sheriff Ted Paxton said that those arrested may face additional charges once the unidentified substances are tested.

“We would consider this a mid-level drug distribution operation, targeted at selling to young people in their late teens and 20s,” Paxton said. “Undercover narcotics investigators were surprised to find such a variety of different types of designer drugs in one place. This is not something we ordinarily see in Forsyth County.”

The unidentified substances concerned narcotics investigators.

“We are seeing more and more experimentation with substances that are yet to be identified by authorities. We don’t know what type of effects they may be having on those purchasing and using them,” said Lt. Gus Sesam of the narcotics unit.

Also found in the residence were scales, bags and more than 100 pipes. Investigators also seized an undisclosed amount of cash.

“We do want to give credit to our citizens for providing us with a tip that led to these arrests,” Paxton said.

Also arrested at the Summit Court residence was Nicholas Daniel Traynor, 19, of Cumming.

Traynor arrived on the scene while investigators were executing the search warrant. He was charged with possession of marijuana, less than one ounce.

Traynor was taken to the Forsyth County Detention Center where he was later released on a $1,155 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 5.

 

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