As a result, three suspects were arrested with two of them being formally charged at the end of the operation.
Cpl. Drew Jackson, of the GPD Special Investigations Unit, conducted the initial investigation into a complaint he had received concerning Wilber Brown, 22, selling cocaine out of his apartment.
Following his investigation, the Spalding County Magistrate Court issued a search warrant earlier Wednesday.
Cpl. Bryan Clanton, GPD spokesman, said the SRT was called in due to the apartment’s location and Brown’s criminal history.
“As the Special Response Team’s entry unit gained access to the apartment, Wilber Brown attempted to dispose of some of his cocaine supply by throwing it out of his second story apartment’s bedroom window,” Clanton said. “However, the three bags that he dropped landed at the same location as Sgt. Richard Phillips. Phillips, who was serving on the perimeter unit, was securing the exterior of the building when the contraband landed on him. Members of the entry unit arrested Brown while his arm was still outside of the window. Brown was very uncooperative and was eventually handcuffed by three SRT officers.”
“I looked up and thought that Brown was coming out the window himself. I thought he was fleeing when I saw him throw some bags,” Phillips said. “I was laughing when I realized that his bags of cocaine had landed in front of me.”
GPD officials say that in addition to the cocaine which was allegedly thrown outside, a large quantity of marijuana, additional cocaine and a stolen firearm were recovered inside the apartment.
Of recovering the drugs at the time the arrests were made, Jackson said, “I had been investigating the location for some time and was ecstatic that we caught him with his supply.”
Brown was arrested and has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, each being a felony.
The second suspect arrested in the execution of the search warrant, Romallis Antwon Barkley, also 22, has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, both felonies.
The third suspect was released.
According to Clanton, Brown and Barkley are both being held at the Spalding County Jail.