Harlem authorities are focusing in on those involved with drugs inside the city.
Four people were arrested for drugs in the first five days of the new year.
“We’ve been trying to crack down on that stuff around here,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Lt. Kelvin Hartwell said.
One of the main goals of Chief Gary Jones, who took over in the spring, was to focus on drug-related crimes.
A Greenwood, S.C., couple was arrested just after midnight on New Year’s Day for marijuana possession. Erick Brannum Galloway, 33, was charged with possession of marijuana and his wife, Misty Marie Saxon-Galloway, 29, was charged with driving on a suspended license.
When an officer pulled over the car that Saxon-Galloway was driving on South Louisville Street at about 12:30 a.m. for a tag light violation, the officer smelled marijuana. When asked if they had any marijuana, Galloway, who was the passenger, admitted there was some in the glove compartment, according to Hartwell.
Both were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday – Galloway on a $716.88 bond and Saxon-Galloway on a $1,025.20 bond, according to jail records.
Two days later, a tractor trailer driver was caught with methamphetamine. At about 10:30 a.m. Friday, an officer pulled over the truck that David Wayne Prescott, 54, was driving for a tag light violation. Prescott, of Waynesboro, Ga., gave permission to search the cab of the truck and admitted he had a small amount of methamphetamine and a pipe, Hartwell said.
Prescott was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was released from the jail Monday after posting a $7,600 bond, according to jailers.
A fourth person was arrested for drug possession on Sunday. An officer approached a vehicle parked at a closed gas station on Miledgeville Road at about 2 a.m. The driver, Tiffany Alexis Golatt, 30, said she was waiting for a friend because she was lost. The officer smelled marijuana and saw a partially burned marijuana joint inside the car, which was a rental out of Florida, according to Hartwell.
A Columbia County Sheriff’s office drug detention dog alerted on the car, which was searched. Officers found a small amount of marijuana.
Golatt, of Riverdale, Ga., was charged with possession of marijuana and was released after posting a $2,598.76 bond, according to jailers.