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Deputies bust drugs-for-guns operation

CONYERS - Two adults and a juvenile were arrested in an alleged drug-selling operation at the Briar Creek apartments, where Rockdale County Sheriff's Office investigators contend they sold drugs and traded drugs for guns.

The RCSO Narcotics and Vice Unit executed a no-knock search warrant at 4 p.m. Wednesday at two units at the Briar Creek apartment complex, located off Pine Log Road near Ga. Highway 138. The search warrant culminated a two-week investigation into the alleged sale of marijuana, Ecstasy and cocaine by Emmie Leeangelo Marshall, 24, of 951 Brair Creek Court, according to RCSO spokeswoman Sgt. Jodi Shupe.

Marshall was arrested, along with his girlfriend, Keena Rose Burgess, 23, also of 951 Brair Creek Court, and Lee Sean Whitfield, 20, of 1510 Pine Log Road, apartment A.

A fourth person, Marshall's underage brother, was also taken into custody. All four were charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Undercover vice investigators were allegedly able to purchase drugs from Marshall in the doorway of nearby apartment No. 895. Investigators also observed suspects going to Marshall's apartment to restock their drugs, then walk over to the other apartment for the transaction with clients, who were seen coming to and from apartment 895 during all hours of the day and night, Shupe said.

"This apartment was not the residence of either Emmie or his brother and was only used to make transactions," Shupe said. "Most of the time, Emmie or his brother would travel from apartment 951 to meet with suspected clients at apartment 895."

Most of the clients served appeared to be high school age. RCSO vice investigators said Marshall's brother made most of the transactions from the apartment doorway.

After serving the search warrant Wednesday, investigators seized three handguns. One of the handguns had been reported stolen from Los Angeles, Shupe said.

Inside of apartment 951, investigators also recovered 2 ounces of marijuana and crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $400. Bundles of money were hidden throughout the apartment, along with digital scales and packaging materials, Shupe said.

All three remained at the Rockdale County Jail as of Friday and had yet to post bond. Burgess had a $10,000 bond, Marshall had a $65,000 bond and Whitfield had a $5,000 bond, according to county jail officials.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.