Mar­i­juana mail­ers’ bond set

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts - By Michelle Kim

The Cov­ing­ton trio ar­rested and charged in con­nec­tion with a mul­ti­state mar­i­juana traf­fick­ing ring that used a mail­ing busi­ness as a front had bonds set up to a quar­ter mil­lion dol­lars last Tues­day in Henry County Su­pe­rior Court.

Deme­tres Jack­son, 34, the al­leged ring­leader of the group, was is­sued a $250,000 cash-only bond by Judge Martin Jones, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. His cousin, Don­nell Har­ris, 33, had a cash-only bond of $100,000 while Jack­son’s girl­friend, Ni­cole Braswell, 33, was given a $50,000 cashonly bond. The three are cur­rently held in Henry County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Jack­son, Har­ris, and Braswell lived in a quiet neigh­bor­hood at 10 Crooked Creek Way, which was raided Feb. 15 by the Cov­ing­tonNew­ton County Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit, Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County SWAT Team and Flint Cir­cuit Drug Task Force. Agents found mar­i­juana, a large amount of money, pack­ing ma­te­ri­als, doc­u­ments and a hand­gun in Jack­son and Braswell’s bed­room, along with 10 pit bulls that were even­tu­ally put down.

Law en­force­ment si­mul­ta­ne­ously raided the “Ex­press Mail­box” store in Chugh Plaza on Salem Road, which Jack­son and Braswell al­legedly used as a front to dis­trib­ute large quan­ti­ties of mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to SIU com­man­der Lt. Philip Brad­ford.

Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County SIU agents had been watch­ing Jack­son for many months, but the Flint Cir­cuit Drug Task Force, made up of po­lice de­part­ments from Hamp­ton, Lo­cust Grove and McDonough, were tipped off when 12 boxes of 5-gal­lon tubs filled with mar­i­juana was mis­tak­enly shipped to a fam­i­ly­owned restau­rant in McDonough lo­cated where Jack­son’s mail­ing busi­ness used to be.

Jack­son, a con­victed felon, was ar­rested at the res­i­dence dur­ing the ini­tial raid and charged with felony pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of a firearm while com­mit­ting a crime and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon.

Braswell was ini­tially con­sid­ered a fugi­tive but en­tered the Henry County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on Feb. 26, ac­cord­ing to the jail.

Har­ris was ar­rested at the house twice, once on Feb. 19 and again on Feb. 26, af­ter he was re­leased on bond, and ex­tra­dited Henry County.

The three are from Florida, and re­ceived ship­ments from Ari­zona.




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