About 10 law enforcement officers captured a suspected drug dealer in Rocky Face Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeff Foley said authorities arrested 55-year-old David Townsend a few hundred feet outside of his single-wide trailer at 1772 Ruth St. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine.
Foley said Townsend tried to flee into the woods but deputies caught him within 45 minutes. There were no injuries.
“He had a lengthy criminal history,” Foley said, adding previous arrests included for DUI, burglary and several drug charges.
The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search. Foley said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration initiated the case. DEA public information officer Chuvalo Truesdell said he couldn’t comment because the investigation is ongoing. He did say 100 kilograms of marijuana is “pretty significant” and could likely be used to create hundreds of joints. He couldn’t immediately say how many uses could be obtained from 500 grams of meth.