Bainbridge man arrested on drug, gun charges

Fredrick Kirkland, 51, 1005 Anderson Street, Bainbridge, GA | Decatur County Jail
Fredrick Kirkland, 51, 1005 Anderson Street, Bainbridge, GA | Decatur County Jail

A Bainbridge man was arrested Monday morning after Bainbridge Public Safety officers found drugs, guns and items that had been reported stolen inside the man’s house.

At about 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, Bainbridge Public Safety investigators went to 1005 Anderson Street, near the intersection of West and Louise streets, after receiving information about possible drug-related activity.

Upon arrival, BPS investigators Larry Funderburke, Mark Esquivel, Chip Nix and Chris Jordan saw a man later identified as 51-year-old Fredrick Kirkland sitting on the home’s front porch. When Kirkland saw the officers, he walked over to a white chair in the yard and placed a ball cap over some items in the chair.

The items Kirkland tried to cover in the chair were a black firearm and a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, according to BPS. Investigators placed Kirkland in handcuffs and during a pat-down search after his arrest, they found several rounds of ammunition in Kirkland’s fanny pack.

Inside the home, investigators saw a large green bong used for smoking marijuana on a TV stand, along with a marijuana grinder. Investigators also saw a black tray that contained¬†a partially smoked marijuana blunt and a piece of suspected crack cocaine. On top of a dresser was a small coin purse that contained a small plastic bag with what appeared to be the illegal drug known as “Molly” inside of it.

There was also a tablet computer and a cell phone inside the home’s living room, but Kirkland stated the items were not his and that someone else had brought them into the home. BPS investigators were familiar with a tablet being reported stolen in the surrounding neighborhood during the previous weekend.

In Kirkland’s bedroom, investigators located a round of .223 ammunition and the barrel of a Browning .243 rifle. BPS investigators learned that Kirkland was a convicted felon and therefore, he was not supposed to be in possession of firearms.

After returning to Bainbridge Public Safety, Investigator Esquivel checked a computer database for stolen firearms and was able to find out that the firearm that was found at Kirkland’s residence on Anderson Street had been reported as stolen from a vehicle on February 25, 2015.

Kirkland was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and theft by receiving stolen property.

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