COVINGTON — A newly formed specialized patrol unit at the Covington Police Department arrested a man and his uncle Thursday for allegedly making multiple sales of marijuana to undercover informants.
Capt. Philip Bradford said the CPD had received complaints from a number of citizens in the area of Clane Drive, just off Ga. Highway 36 that drugs were being sold from a home there.
Bradford said a three-month investigation began where undercover informants made several purchases of marijuana from 31-year-old Angelo Cunningham at his home at 6112 Clane Drive.
“We found that while purchasing from him, sometimes if he was not going to be at home, he would tell our guys to go across the street to his uncle, so that’s how we started to deal with his uncle also,” Bradford said.
After making numerous drug purchases from both Cunningham and his uncle, Joe Fenton, 47, of 6111 Clane Drive, the CPD executed a search warrant Thursday at Cunningham’s home, Bradford said. During the search, investigators found approximately 30 individually wrapped bags of marijuana, a handgun and cash, among which was mixed the marked currency used for the controlled purchases by police.
“While we were there, Fenton walked outside and so we took him into custody as well for the several cases we had on him,” Bradford said.
Cunningham was arrested and charged with two counts of selling marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Fenton was charged with two counts of selling marijuana and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.
This was the first search warrant executed by the specialized patrol unit, Bradford said. Earlier this year, the CPD formed this new unit within the patrol division to concentrate on certain high-crime areas in the city.
For about 10 years, the Police Department operated a VIPER Unit that ran special operations, but that unit was disbanded in 2007.