Police Crack Down on Drug Activity at Ora Lee Housing

| October 30, 2015


VALDOSTA — Residents are feeling some relief from recent drug-related activity, thanks to the efforts of the Valdosta Police Department.

The VPD Narcotics Unit had received numerous complaints in reference to narcotics and loitering activity at Ora Lee West Housing Authority.

Wednesday, Narcotics Detectives, members of Power Squad, and LCSO Narcotics Detectives worked together to conduct undercover surveillance.  From that surveillance, detectives observed narcotics transactions occurring from one of the apartments in the complex.

As detectives and officers converged on the apartment, Marvin Brown, a black male, 31, attempted to flee on foot from the apartment. As he was running from detectives and officers, he threw several bags of narcotics on the ground, which detectives recovered.  Officers also recovered Brown, who was arrested after the chase.

Detectives then approached Katherine Johnson, a black female, 30, the resident of the apartment. They then conducted a search and found marijuana, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.

Richard Treadwill, a black male, 25, was also in the apartment.  Police charged him with possession of marijuana.

All three subjects were arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

Brown was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of Alpha-PVP (Flakka) with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a housing project, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a park, and he had two active warrants.

Treadwell was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects.

Johnson, the resident, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime. Officers seized 28.4 grams of marijuana, 2.3 grams of Alpha-PVP, and .4 grams of marijuana.

VPD Commander Leslie Manahan said, “this was a great effort between Narcotics Detectives with the police department and the Sheriff’s Department, along with Power Squad Officers to get these narcotics off the streets especially in an area that has many children and senior adults living in the area”.

Let’s hope the residents can now enjoy a bit of peace.

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