Vacant House, US Mail and Marijuana – How Are They Connected?


Rodriquez Deontae Cheatem. Photo Courtesy of Bainbridge Public Safety.

On the afternoon of Thursday, August 17th, Bainbridge Public Safety was made aware of a large-scale marijuana operation located at 1621 Libby Street, and a search warrant was executed.  During a search of the premises, investigators found Rodriquez Deontae Cheatham, age 23, in possession of approximately 8 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and $5,757 in cash.  The marijuana had been boxed and was shipped to Cheatham through the U.S. Mail.  Investigators are using package labeling and tracking information to obtain more information about others involved in the operation.

Investigator Chip Nix stated, “Many times packages will be sent through the mail to an address of a home that is vacant.  The recipient will be informed as to when the package will be delivered and will hang-out in the area.  Area residents need to keep their eyes open and always report suspicious activity.  If a house is not being lived in, but people are seen hanging around, they need to let us know so we can investigate.”

Rodriquez Deontae Cheatem of Bainbridge was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell/Distribute (Felony).  The case is still under investigation, and further arrests may be forthcoming.

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