RCSO arrests drug suspect considered 'big distributor'

CONYERS - A man authorities say is a major player in the drug trade in Rockdale and Newton counties was recently arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Vice Unit.

James Franklin Lowery, 49, of 812 Raintree Way in Conyers, was arrested March 12, along with his girlfriend, Kristie Dura Dailey, 41, of 5061 Ga. Highway 20 in Covington. Lowery, also known as "Jimbo," was charged with three counts of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possessing Alprazolam, Clonazepam and Diazepam in prescription bottles with the labels torn off, according to a press release provided by the RCSO on Tuesday. The drugs are all Schedule IV controlled substances. Lowery was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamines and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Dailey was charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

RCSO Sgt. Bob Cooley said investigators had received a number of complaints from neighbors about drugs being sold from the Raintree Way residence.

"He was considered a big distributor for Rockdale and Newton counties, and we've been tracking him for some time," Cooley said Tuesday.

Cooley said the Narcotics and Vice Unit received a tip that Lowery was planning to make a sale on March 12, so investigators set up surveillance of his home. When Lowery, accompanied by Dailey, left his house in his vehicle, deputies with the K-9 Unit followed him and pulled him over for improper lane change.

Cooley said deputies found a number of drugs in the vehicle and Lowery was arrested. Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Lowery's home, where more drugs and a .38-caliber handgun were found.

According to the press release, 2 ounces of methamphetamine, 1 pound of marijuana, several hundred prescription pills and $1,200 in cash were found in the vehicle.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.