Suspected drug dealer busted at Columbus home

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Neighbors say they never would have guessed what was allegedly going on inside a Columbus home on Gregory Drive, off Reese Road.

Members of the Metro Narcotics Task Force say they have been investigating the man who lives there for the past month. On Tuesday, they arrested 21-year-old Joshua Byrd. Agents tell WTVM Byrd has been dealing marijuana that had been compressed and sent here.

"There was a substantial quantity being delivered into Columbus. We found numerous other packages that were being shipped here," revealed Sergeant Rick Stinson, who heads up the Task Force.

But 1.5 lbs. of marijuana wasn't all agents found. Members say they stumbled across a drug they haven't seen on the streets in a quite a while.

"We actually seized a quantity of Hashish which is a very potent form of marijuana," Stinson said.

That's not all. Metro officers also seized a variety of items used to grow marijuana. They believe Byrd was gearing up to make the drug himself.

"We also found weapons, money and what appears to be all the things needed for a marijuana grow. We obviously put a hindrance to this operation," Stinson added.

In all officers seized: $7,500 cash, a bulletproof vest, a sawed-off shotgun, rifle, shotgun, two loaded pistols, growing materials including a lamp, $6400 worth of marijuana, 8 grams of Hashish, and several prescription pills.

Joshua Byrd faces several charges, including weapons violations, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and violations of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.

He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Columbus Thursday.

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