2018-06-13 / Front Page

Traffic stop leads to hefty drug bust


Various types of drugs and more than $3,000 were found in Neely’s vehicle. Various types of drugs and more than $3,000 were found in Neely’s vehicle. Several felony charges were brought against a Hephzibah man after sheriff’s deputies discovered an assortment of drugs in his vehicle.

According to a statement from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Magnum Jelani Neely, 33, was stopped by Crime Suppression Team deputies on Wednesday, June 6, on Wright Allen Road, near Farmers Bridge, for failure to maintain lane. Upon investigation, deputies found methamphetamine (202 grams/7 ounces), cocaine (18.7 grams), MDMA/ecstasy (23 pills), marijuana (31.4 grams) and another unidentified substance (47.6 grams) inside the 2005 Dodge Magnum. Additionally, $3,486 in cash was uncovered during the search.

Neely was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane as well as five felony charges: trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and aggravated battery.

BCSO Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard said instances such as this have helped to lower both property and violent crimes by more than 50 percent in the last year. “We are proud of the efforts of our deputies,” he said. “Through traffic stops and other means, they are helping to remove drugs from our county.”

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