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June13-- On Friday evening June 10th, weeks of investigating paid off for the Vidalia Police Department as they arrested 2 adults and 1 juvenile during the execution of a search warrant at 405 Symonds Street in Vidalia.  The search warrant was a result of an investigation based off complaints of illegal drug sales occurring from the residence.    

“Officers and investigators of the Vidalia Police Department along with assistance from the Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 Unit and officers from the State of Georgia’s Probation Office assisted us in executing a search warrant” stated Sgt. Aaron Rollins of the Vidalia Police Department.  “We had been getting information of illegal drug sales occurring at the residence,” he said. 

Seized during the bust were an estimated $1,500.00 worth of marijuana, ecstasy pills, cocaine, and $553 of suspected drug money along with a stolen semi-automatic handgun, 16 assault rifle magazines and several hundred rounds of ammunition.  Sgt. Rollins explained that the investigation is still on-going and that additional arrests in the case are possible.   

Arrested in the execution of the search warrant were 2 adult males.  Deante Ericka Canty, age 20 of 801 West Street in Vidalia was charged with possession of marijuana less than one ounce and Maurice Marcel Thomas, age 30 of Miami, FL was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA (Ecstasy) with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  A juvenile was also arrested in the case.  Sgt. Rollins also stated that several other agencies assisted in the case as well.    

Chief Frank Waits would like to express his appreciation to the State of Georgia Probations Office, Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office of the Middle Georgia Judicial Circuit for all their assistance with the investigation.