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Local man charged with marijuana trafficking

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A Locust Grove man is at the center of a narcotics investigation, after a drug raid at his home netted 30 pounds of marijuana, totaling $90,000, according to Henry County Police.

Clarence Donya Hicks, 28, is charged with trafficking marijuana. He appeared in Magistrate Court Thursday, represented by the Public Defender's Office, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case.

Judge Robert Godwin bound Hicks' charge over to Superior Court, and Hicks remained in the Henry County Jail Thursday, without bond.

Hicks was arrested around 6 p.m., Wednesday, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. He said officers with the department's Special Weapons and Tactics team, (SWAT) and the Narcotics Unit, executed a search warrant at Hicks' home at 521 Howell Drive in Locust Grove.

"The search warrant was the result of an investigation into illegal drugs at the home," Bolton said. "Agents seized 90 marijuana plants that were being grown at the residence."

The approximate street value of the plants, Bolton said, is $90,000. He added that police also seized a 2006 Cadillac Escalade from the residence.

Bolton declined to comment on how long police had been investigating Hicks prior to his arrest, or how the department became aware of his alleged drug activities.

An arrest warrant for Hicks from Magistrate Court, obtained by Henry County Police, states that the suspect was in possession of 30 pounds of marijuana. "The marijuana was weighed at the Henry County Police crime scene," the warrant states.

Hicks was originally charged with manufacturing marijuana. The charge was upgraded to trafficking, in Magistrate Court. The warrant states that the trafficking offense was issued due to Hicks having 10 pounds, or more, of marijuana plants.

Bolton said the investigation by police is "ongoing," and more arrests are expected in the case. He did not release additional information.

Henry County Public Defender Gary Bowman could not be reached for comment Thursday.