Bainbridge Public Safety arrested three people Tuesday morning after investigating a complaint of illegal drug sales.
According to Investigator Chip Nix, Public Safety had received a complaint that someone was possibly dealing drugs out of a residence on Lord Avenue, located between N. Sims Street and Vada Road in Bainbridge.
BPS investigators conducted surveillance of the residence at 1017 Lord Avenue. At approximately 10:30 a.m., they witnessed a man in a vehicle pull up. After observing what they believed to be drugs changing hands, BPS officers waited for the driver to leave and then pulled over his vehicle.
Officers searched the driver, Barry Dean Crawford, and found two small bags of suspected marijuana, according to Nix. Crawford was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
BPS officers went back to the house on Lord Avenue. While Major Robert Humphrey and Officer Terry Pait knocked on the front door, investigators Chip Nix, Chris Jordan and Mark Esquivel waited close by.
A man, later identified as Jamison Lowell Taylor, put a backpack in the neighboring apartment and then ran out the rear door of the residence, according to Nix.
Taylor and another man fled on foot and officers gave a brief chase before catching up with him on Holley Street.
Officers found approximately one pound of suspected marijuana inside the backpack; that amount of marijuana has an estimated street value of about $5,100, according to BPS investigators.
After the chase was over, BPS officers searched inside 1017 Lord Avenue and found some marijuana lying loose on a table, Nix said. Officers arrested Audra Danielle Rhyens, who was inside the home during the search.
Both Jamieson Taylor and Audra Rhyens are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (felony) and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a housing project.
Taylor was additionally charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers.
John Henry Ware IV of Bainbridge, who was the other man who ran from officers, has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
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