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Decatur police arrest 12 during drug operation

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

Police nabbed a dozen Decatur residents during an undercover drug operation this month.

Decatur police Lt. Frank DeButy said a “heavy quantity of complaints” from citizens and business owners led to an ongoing undercover operation by the Special Operations Division in the area of 12th Avenue and Moulton Street Northwest.

Police arrested suspects on charges ranging from drug related to theft to public intoxication.

Operation continues

DeButy said the operation continues and includes educating the public on the negative influence of the drug trade and how to stop “this scourge.”

Teenagers were among those police arrested, including a teen driver who led patrol units on a chase.

Units chased Tremayne O’Neal Gilbert, 16, of 118 Eighth Ave. N.W., on Oct. 6.

After catching him, police found 20 pounds of marijuana and a loaded AR-15 rifle in the vehicle.

Police charged him as an adult with trafficking marijuana.

Passenger fled

A passenger in the car fled, but police later captured him. A police press release did not indicate who on the list of those arrested was the passenger.

The people arrested and their charges are as listed.

Street addresses were not available on each suspect, but they all are from Decatur.

  • Lisa Ann Tucker, 39, distribution of a controlled substance, $1,500 bond.

  • John Lewis Lampkin, 46, distribution of a controlled substance, $1,500 bond.

  • Gerald Lamar Matthews, 21, attempting to commit a controlled substance crime, resisting arrest and third-degree theft, $2,500 bond.

  • Justin Cortez Burgess, 18, of 3103 Farmington Road S.W, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana, $2,750 bond.

  • Keyadin Lashay Jelks, 31, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia, $1,000 bond.

  • Fredrick Marcus Fuqua, 32, 406 Sixth Ave., Apartment A, distribution of a controlled substance, $1,500 bond.

  • Cheri Lavon Garner, 35, 407 Monroe Drive N.W, second-degree possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and four counts of failure to appear in court, no bond set.

  • A 29-year-old woman for public intoxication, $500 bond.

  • Collis Junior Brooks, 40, 1514 Carridale St. S.W., Apartment 103, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, $1,750 bond.

  • Tanya Michelle Chambers, 26, 1514 Carridale St. S.W., Apartment 103, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, $500 bond.

  • David Wayne Polston, 41, 1711 Vinca St. S.W., second-degree possession of marijuana and loitering in a drug house, $1,000 bond.

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