The Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, comprised of personnel from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, the Thomaston Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Barnesville Police Department, the Zebulon Police Department and the Griffin Police Department, received information regarding alleged drug sales at 805 E. College St.
Following the investigation, a search warrant was obtained by Agent Mark Barry, an officer with the GPD Special Investigations Unit, which was executed at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Officer Bryan Clanton, acting as public information officer for the GPD, police at that time recovered “a large amount of marijuana, powder cocaine, three digital scales, a shotgun and a rifle,” which led to the arrests of Charles Piland and Brandy Brown.
The estimated street value of the narcotics seized was approximately $1300.00.
Police officials say they also intend to notify the Spalding County Department of Family and Children’s Services, as they allege Piland and Brown were “conducting their illegal drug trade in the presence of their 18-month-old child,” said Clanton.
Piland and Brown were charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Piland faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Both Piland and Brown are currently in custody at the Spalding County Jail.
The Griffin Police Department recently joined the Multi-Agency Drug Task Force and assigned Agent Barry as their representative with the group. This interagency cooperation
Of his participation with the Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, Barry said, “Joining the task force eliminates jurisdictional boundaries that can hinder drug investigations and benefits the citizens of Griffin by increasing the presence of drug investigators in the city.”