Authorities in Henry Co. Make Huge Drug Bust

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Authorities in Henry County teamed-up to take down a man who they call, a well-known drug dealer.

After a lengthy investigation, authorities in Henry County finally got their man.

“This is one of our major drug dealers here that's in marijuana and crack cocaine,” said Henry Co. Sheriff Will Maddox.

32-year-old Anthony Blackmon is charged with first degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

“He was in the business to distribute this stuff rather than to use it,” said Sheriff Maddox.

Blackmon was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly selling the drugs out of an abandoned home in Shorterville, about 10 miles east of Abbeville.

“This has been going on for quite some time,” said Abbeville Police Chief Mike Jones.

Henry county authorities say Blackmon was a known drug dealer in the area for at least the past eight years. They say it was just a matter of time before he was caught.

“We had gotten numerous complaints about this subject in Shorterville over the years,” said Sheriff Maddox.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Abbeville Police Department formed a drug task force with the goal of taking down suspected dealers like Blackmon.

“Well this is another fine example of what can happen when agencies work together and share resources and share personnel,” said Maddox.

“I'm a small department, his department is not that big, but when we put them together, we got six investigators where I would have one or two at the most,” said Chief Jones.

The task force confiscated about $5,000 worth of drugs along with almost $2,000 in cash.

“That is a big hurt to our users in and around this area,” added Chief Jones.

Authorities hope this bust puts a big dent in the local drug trade.

“Drugs are an epidemic and we intend on trying to do something about the epidemic,” said Sheriff Maddox.

Due to his prior drug convictions, authorities say this latest bust could get Blackmon life in prison.

Right now, he's being held in the Henry county jail on a $225,000 dollar bond.


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