An early morning drug bust Thursday, Dec. 12 in Eastpoint resulted in the seizure of an unusually large quantity of drugs, mainly meth.
Sometime before 2 a.m., members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Larry Warren, 46, of 763 Ridge Road, on multiple drug charges. Warren was in possession of more than 10 ounces of illegal drugs when brought down by investigators.
He was charged with seven counts of trafficking in methamphetamine - 14 grams or over, one count of selling methamphetamine, one count of possession of narcotics equipment, two counts of the crime of using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony, three counts of keeping a drug shop or vehicle, possession of heroin with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to to sell, manufacture or deliver. Bond was set at $416,000.
Also, in connection with the case, Jennifer Larkin, 37, listed as being homeless in Eastpoint, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver.
Sheriff A.J. Smith said his officers worked with staff from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Attorneys Office, and even officers from Liberty and Calhoun counties.
He said that while Warren was charged in circuit court, he is likely to face a grand jury that could indict him on federal charges. "He had been selling drugs for a while," said Smith. "This was the culmination; we knew he went to buy more."
"We've talked about rehabilitation for the people that want it. We still are open to that, but when you're selling ounces, you're not using, you're corrupting our community," he said. "You're a plague here, and we want you out.
"Do not bring drugs to Franklin County," he said. "You will be arrested."