The Thomson Police Department’s new neighborhood enforcement team, being in the right place at the right time, nabbed a man possessing pills suspected to be ecstasy and for using marijuana.

The Neighborhood Enforcement Team, charged with interacting with residents where they live, providing surveillance and being a presence in communities, was interacting with residents at the Ansley Drive apartment complex on Jan. 9 when they walked up on a vehicle with four people sitting inside.

“They walked up and smelled marijuana,” said Sgt. Robert Brown, adding that Zackary Shamond Johnson, 20, was in the driver’s seat.  The odor of marijuana gave the team a cause to investigate and the officers discovered marijuana inside the vehicle and a gun in the glove compartment on the passenger side of the vehicle

“This is an active investigation,” said Brown, who is also a police department investigator.

Brown said a search of the vehicle revealed pills that were suspected to be ecstasy and baggies that could be used to distribute contraband.

When Johnson was arrested and booked into the McDuffie County Jail Jan. 9 , he had marijuana on his person, Brown said.

Johnson has been charged with possession of substances with the intent to use to manufacture schedule I or II controlled substances, marijuana possession with the intent to distribute, crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, drugs without consent and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.  He spent four days in the McDuffie County Jail and was released after posting a $36,500.00 bond.

“Our investigation is ongoing,” Brown said.

Recommended for you