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Deputies: Suspected drug supplier kept 8 pounds of cocaine inside home with wife, children inside

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 17:31:02-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a "primary drug supplier" has been arrested in Valdosta after police discovered he was manufacturing and selling more than a quarter million dollars of cocaine from his home.

William Smith III was arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

On Aug. 28, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division conducted a search on Smith's home. LCSO said they have been investigating Smith since early August, after receiving information about Smith’s involvement with drug suppliers in the local area and elsewhere.

The investigation into Smith led investigators to believe he was involved in acquiring and distributing large amounts of cocaine in the Lowndes County area, and was a primary supplier to local drug distributors.

The search revealed that Smith possessed slightly over three and a half kilograms of cocaine, which was broken into multiple distribution amounts, including 3,229 grams of powder cocaine along with 364 grams of crack cocaine.

Smith was found to have been manufacturing the cocaine into crack in his home, where he lived with his wife and children. The cocaine found has a street distribution value of $350,000.

Other suspects associated with helping Smith in the Lowndes County area were identified during the course of the investigation and future arrests are pending.

The investigation was conducted through coordination between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the State of Georgia Department of Community Supervision.