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Deputies arrest four on drug charges
Marijuana, meth, ecstasy confiscated in Special Investigations raid

COVINGTON - Four people were arrested on drug charges earlier this week following a raid on a home off Ga. Highway 162 by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit.

About 9:15 Tuesday, SIU agents along with several Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant at 957 Ga. 162, according to SIU Commander Lt. Philip Bradford.

Inside the residence, authorities found marijuana, methamphetamine and approximately 85 ecstasy pills. The residence's occupants - Alex Demetrius Whatley, 30; his brother, Vincent Demon Whatley, 26; along with their girlfriends, Jennifer Nicole Jones, 28; and Tammy Lee Wheelis, 24 - were all taken into custody without incident.

"I think we scared them a little bit," Bradford said. "They thought they were getting some trick-or-treaters ... but they very soon figured out that this was going to be a scary Halloween for them."

During a two-month investigation, Bradford said that SIU agents made numerous controlled purchases of marijuana, methamphetamine and ecstasy pills from the location. According to Bradford, all four of the suspects were responsible for selling drugs out of the home.

"If the brothers were there, you could buy from them; and if not, if they weren't there, you could get it from the girlfriends," he said.

Marijuana and methamphetamine were found in common areas throughout the home. The 85 ecstasy pills, along with eight, suspected counterfeit $50 bills were found in the bedroom of Jones and Alex Whatley.

The four suspects have each been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine, according to Bradford. Alex Whatley and Jones have also each been charged eight counts of second degree forgery for the counterfeit money, as well as possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute for the ecstasy pills.

Authorities later learned that Jones was already out on bond for selling narcotics to an undercover law enforcement officer earlier this year.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com