Working on a lead from the Columbus Police Department, Columbus-Lowndes Metro-Narcotics agents and U.S. Marshals confiscated 36.5 pounds of marijuana from two subjects pulled over on Highway 182 east at the New Hope Rd. intersection at 6:00pm Tuesday night. Metro-The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met for their middle of the month meeting at the courthouse boardroom on 2nd Ave. North, on June 16. Narcotics agents also were assisted by MBN and DEA agents who were already in town working the investigation of Dr. Mark Burtman and Dr. Michael White earlier in the day.
Metro-Narcotics agents pulled over 33 yr old Michael Omarie Fort and 34 yr old Christina Henry as they approached the New Hope rd. stop sign travelling west on 182. Fort and Henry were believed to be traveling to Columbus to deliver the drugs to a local dealer. Information was obtained through an investigation spearheaded by CPD Chief Investigator Lt.Selvain McQueen, who worked with Metro Narcotics agents to time the bust perfectly.[They drove two vehicles, a Nissan Altima and a Hyundai Sonata. – JD]
Agents discovered five medium size trash bags filled to the brim with vacuum-sealed bags of cannabis sativa. The bags were transported to Narcotics headquarters where the total weight tipped the scales at just over 36.5 lbs – said to be at least $204,000 worth of pot.
Michael Omarie has been arrested by Lowndes County authorities numerous other times in the last ten years on charges of DUI, Possession of Marijuana in a vehicle, two counts of Possession of Marijuana Over an Ounce, and two more counts of Possession of Marijuana over a Kilo.
An ambulance was called to the scene to check Fort over after his arrest because he was believed to have swallowed an unknown amount of narcotics while he was being pulled over. He was deemed fit to be taken to jail and was released back to officers. Before being taken from the scene, Fort was searched for any other contraband, even so far as removing his pants. Similarly, the car was fully stripped and searched, with officers removing the backseat in the process.[Officers also found a small baggie of weed that Fort presumably tried to get rid of before being searched, though it is unclear what difference he thought this would make. It certainly added insult to injury, though. – JD]