The Athens-Clarke County Police Department arrested three gang members and seized seven guns after a search on Wednesday, police say.
Damari Jones, 21 of Athens, Javaris Barnes, 33 of Athens and Jakiyah Brown, 20 of Athens, were all arrested after the search, which seized over nine pounds of marijuana and $52,000 in US currency in addition to the firearms.
Jones, who was out on bond for the violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, was arrested on five charges. Those charges include violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and reckless conduct. The ACCPD says that Jones is currently on probation for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Barnes was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is currently on probation for four counts of the same crime, as well as possession of marijuana.
Brown was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Over the past two months, the ACCPD says they’ve made 28 arrests of known gang members or associates, seized 23 firearms, drugs and stolen property.
The ACCPD says these arrests are part of their ongoing goal to protect the Athens community against gang activity, and that they “will continue to focus [their] efforts on violent criminal street gangs.”
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