Bainbridge Public Safety has arrested three different people suspected of possessing illegal drugs.
On the afternoon of Thursday, June 26, Captain Mark Esquivel, a detective with Bainbridge Public Safety, received a call from a concerned citizen about a person who might be in the possession of drugs walking on Troup Street, behind businesses that line the 1100 block of Shotwell Street.
Captain Esquivel and Investigator Chip Nix pulled into the parking lot of a business and observed the suspect described by the caller, later identified as Khamyri Rashon Harper, 18, of Tallahasee, Fla. As officers approached, they observed Harper drop something on the ground that turned out to be a plastic sandwich bag which contained 32 smaller bags of suspected marijuana.
Harper was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a housing project.
South Florida men charged with possession of street drug, weapons
On the evening of Friday, June 27, BPS officers responded to a Shotwell Street motel after receiving a complaint that two Belle Glade, Fla., men were in a room allegedly selling marijuana.
Captain Mark Esquivel, Investigator Chip Nix and Trey Mock went to the motel room and made contact with two men, later identified as Jamal Harvey, 27, of 23 Davis Drive, Belle Glade, Fla., and Zitavious Demikious Strawder, 30, of 300 NW 11th Street, Belle Glade, Fla.
When Harvey opened the door, the officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the room and Strawder could be seen rolling a marijuana blunt.
A search of the room revealed marijuana, including some apparently packaged for sale, as well as MDMA (a street drug known as “Molly”), two pistols belonging to Strawder and Harvey, as well as digital scales and plastic bags commonly used to package drugs for sale.
Both Harvey and Strawder were arrested and each was charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while trying to commit crimes and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Officers find cocaine, cash and brass knuckles
At approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, June 27, BPS Captain Mark Esquivel pulled in front of a residence on the 1000 block of Water Street and observed a man later identified as Adrian Arkeedeous Moore, 22, of 1103 Broughton St., Bainbridge, getting out of the back seat of a vehicle. When Moore saw the detective, Moore got back in the vehicle and appeared to be trying to hide something in the back seat of the car.
Esquivel approached Moore and started up a conversation, but noticed that Moore was acting extremely nervous and in a manner that suggested to Esquivel that Moore wanted to flee. Esquivel handcuffed moore for safety purposes and continued the interview, saying that he would not charge the other occupants of the car if Moore showed Esquivel what he was trying to hide.
Underneath a blanket lying next to Moore were two small bags of cocaine. Esquivel placed Moore under arrest and in a search of Moore’s person, the investigator located more than $200 cash and a set of brass knuckles.