Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Green substance found on Thomasville resident to be analyzed by Crime Lab

THOMASVILLE — The proper identification of a bright-turquoise, granular substance found on a Thomasville resident will be determined at a state crime lab.

The substance is among several synthetic drugs sweeping communities nationwide.

Identification of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription drugs is quick work for narcotics agents, but new synthetic substances are not as easily identified.

The substance was found on Tory Carley, 28, 137 Bennett St., who is charged with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a federal housing project.

“There were 19 bags of it,” said Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander.

Carley told officers the substance was molly.

Read More at the Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Old Pelham prison will be reborn

PELHAM, GA (WALB) – What Pelham city officials call an eyesore now, will soon become a center they believe the community will enjoy, when the city renovates their old detention center.

The gates have been locked since the Pelham city council voted in June to close the Mize Street Detention center.

“Well, it is a diamond in the rough. You take the fence down and you have this facility that the community can then use,” said Pelham City Manager Jim Hedges.

That’s the plan, renovating this old jail and transforming it into a center for folks in town.

“There’s not much that needs to be done inside. Just remove one wall,” said Hedges.

City officials say there are endless possibilities to this space, including a baseball diamond with bleachers, six classrooms for day care or GED classes, a large gathering room, and a large kitchen.

“It will be an asset to this community and something that everyone will be proud of when we finish with it,” said Hedges.

And what better way to dedicate this new center to a special man in this community. They’ll name the building after Captain Donnie L. Cochran, a Pelham native who was the first African American Commander of the Blue Angels.

“He wanted to make sure that if he put his name on it, it would be something he could be proud of. And that’s what we plan to do,” said Mayor Pro Tem Alfred Brown.

City Manager Hedges says they have sufficient funds available for the project. He says they hope to have the renovation complete by the first quarter of next year.

Hedges says the main part of the old jail will be reserved for use as a tornado, hurricane, and cold weather shelter.

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