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Police say July 22 drug bust tied to a growing drug problem
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The Savannah Chatham Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) and the Richmond Hill Police Department made a drug bust at a home in the Piercefield Forest subdivision in Richmond Hill last week.

A search warrant was served on July 22 at a residence on Eagles Nest Lane which included the vehicle belonging to the tenant. During the course of the search just under one pound of Marijuana was allegedly collected. Also recovered in the search was a 9 millimeter hand gun and $548 in cash, police said.

Tenant Jiles Landon Harper, 24, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The RHPD issued a press release Tuesday revealing the details of an additional marijuana bust back in May. RHPD Cpl. Susan Willis said the case is just now being publicly discussed because it is "indirectly related" to the July 22 Piercefield bust.

On May 16, a search warrant was served at 177 Laurel Street, located in the Blueberry community in Richmond Hill, by the CNT and RHPD. The search produced over four pounds of marijuana, 15 Xanax pills, $3,000 in cash, a shot gun, a .380 hand gun and two arrests, police say.

Andrew Joseph Brasile, 23, and Lyndi Jane Briggs, 25, were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Willis said these recent arrests go to show that drugs are an ongoing problem in Richmond Hill.

"We’ve noticed we’re getting a lot of prominent Chatham County drug dealers moving into this area," she said.

In 2007, the RHPD joined forces with CNT, which RHPD Police Chief Billy Reynolds said has given his department a lot more resources to investigate suspected drug activity. Numerous arrests have followed, which has included the February arrest of 24 young people for allegedly selling prescription drugs and busting both a liquor store and tobacco shop for allegedly selling drugs to customers.

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