Cocaine, cash worth thousands off Columbus streets

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More than $200,000 in cash and cocaine are off the streets Tuesday.

After a six week investigation, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department made two big arrests.

On Monday, search warrants lead deputies to a house at 6108 Stoney Creek Drive and apartment #208 at 6900 Schomburg Road. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Carlton Anderson was arrested in connection with both.
At the house on Stoney Creek Drive, $162,000 in cash was seized.  At the apartment, deputies found almost 400 grams of powder cocaine with a street value of almost $40,000.

Anderson is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, violation of parole, and trafficking cocaine.

The Sheriff's Department does expect more arrests in the Anderson case.

Tuesday, deputies served a warrant on Bermuda Street.  $5,000 worth of cash and more than $20,000 worth of powder cocaine and crack were seized.  Tommy Lockhart was arrested at the Bermuda Street location and is being charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After facing charges here in Georgia, Lockhart will be extradited to Florida where he is wanted for trafficking cocaine.

Lt. Steve Sikes said, "I believe, personally, that drugs cause probably %90-95 of all other crimes in Columbus, most all are related to drugs in some way."

In just two days, approximately $67,000 worth of cocaine and $167,000 in drug money is off the streets.

Both men will be in Magistrate Court on Wednesday morning.  News Leader Nine will continue to follow this story.

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