Drug dealers to cops: it has to be Fayetteville!

Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:27am
By: Ben Nelms

Drug dealer car on fire

They just had to do it in Fayette County. The insistence of two Riverdale men that the sale of 20 pounds of marijuana Thursday be done in Fayetteville rather than Pike County went completely south.

One of the men fled the Pavilion after the deal and crashed his vehicle minutes later into a telephone pole, clipping it in half and causing a fire that could have taken his life had he not been pulled from the burning car by two Fayette drug agents.

Charges of trafficking in marijuana are pending against Damon Baker, 24, and Chezzy Williams, 23, according to Fayette Drug Task Force (DTF) Capt. Mike Pruitt. Additional charges are pending against Baker related to his fleeing the scene and the resulting crash, Pruitt added.

The drug deal was initiated by Pike County drug agents, who had attempted to have the transaction done in their county, said DTF Lt. Jody Thomas. But Williams refused, insisting that the deal go down at the Pavilion in Fayetteville, Thomas said.

Fayette DTF agents met the men at the location Williams specified, in the parking lot of the Fayetteville police and fire precinct. Baker fled in his vehicle once the the transaction was made, smashing minutes later through a telephone pole on White Road.

The vehicle overturned and caught fire, Thomas said. Baker, a paraplegic, was pulled from the burning car by two DTF agents.

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Submitted by 4everblessed75 on Sun, 10/14/2007 - 9:41am.

I live right arcross from White Road. I know for a fact that you can not go more than the speed limit on the street because white road is so curving. I am also glad that no one was walking or riding their bicycles.

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 9:20pm.

Another argument to support legalizing and regulating some drugs. regardless of the best efforts in law enforcement, this stuff makes it way to our streets, its time to control it.

Submitted by bladderq on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 9:33pm.

Ya think '20's Prohibition would have taught anyone anything?

The last 40 years in "particuliar" has criminalized 2 or 3 generations. Has given the USA the largest prison pop. of any Western country (more than some entire countries). When they are turned out, they are stigmatized and can't git a job... no matter how long ago the arrest occurred.
You would do better to lock 'em up & throw away the key or "let 'em burn." BUT don't build that prison INBY.

Submitted by bladderq on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 9:14pm.

Am I the only one who notices that 60 some grow houses in the area were taken down, there was a multi-# bust at Tyronee Publix (cheap price too), big bust of a tractor-trailer in Forest Park, anyway, WHY are there still drugs? If all this drug task force stuff is working why is there anything available? SUPPLY & DEMAND
It's bulky ole marijahuana, just think about how much of the little ole powdery stuff is gittin' by?
AND why is a Tali-free Afgani growing a record poppy crop? Don't we control that place? Who's gonna eat all those poppy's?

A 70 + year National Drug Policy FAILURE. "Reefer Madness" is not a comedy.

Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 4:23pm.

They should have let this joker die. We will have to pay to feed him.

They risked their lives to save a drug dealer, who is doing everything possible to take the lives of kids. Unbelievable!

It almost makes me want to run for sheriff.

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Submitted by the_assassin on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 9:56pm.

Yeah right. Way Fayette Co juries are going lately looks like the deps would be sued and the taxpayers would get stuck with a $3-4 million verdict.

And nitpickers, I'd say 20 pounds o' weed is a HECKUVA lot more than for personal use. Unless you're using it to smoke ham I guess.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 10/14/2007 - 5:05am.

Our juries will probably let this drug dealer off.

It is part of their training, our cops would risk their lives to save anyone of us.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 1:51pm.

Now you know that a paraplegic needs a lot of Maryjane for his suffering and pain, and you want to further burn him?
He can't work nor live on a small welfare check---what is he to do?
How about you giving him a few bucks every week if he will quit buying and selling it?
Or better, maybe Hitler had the right idea: destroy all those who are unfit--Not again will judge unfit!

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 2:38pm.

"Chezzy" wanted the transaction to occur in the Pavillion parking lot of the Fayetteville police and fire precinct?
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Submitted by Nitpickers on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 2:07pm.

Apparently this is the place to do drug deals. They catch a few there but there must be hundreds they don't when other jurisdictions don't "call it in to them."

I think the real reason is, that it is easier to disappear into Clayton or Fulton County from Fayetteville than anywhere else in the County. That is, the times they were snitched on by their buddies elsewhere!

If I were into that business I would choose Southlake, unless of course all the business there has been taken.

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 12:56pm.

my kids and i see deals going down all the time in pavillion i walk
alot and my kids go thru sometimes to go home (dont ask me why) they think its faster.

the place is a nightmare to be watched by lawenforcement
should not have been built

all the county and city saw was $$$$$$$$
i live near it and all i felt was more crime

ive never seen people walking down my street at 2am and i do now

(why because im getting off work then )

so what are they doing
checking out what house to break into

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Submitted by Cyclist on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 1:03pm.

But in the same parking lot of the police and fire precinct? That should not be too hard to watch.

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Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 2:26pm.

City of Morrow at Southlake is known for enforcement. Much like PTC is known for it. That's probably why Southlake isn't as popular, well that and the fact that not many people go there anymore and things like this would stick out like a sore thumb.

Your point is good about lots of ways in/out of the Pavillion area, via state highways to a very populated Clayton County.

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 6:59pm.

I took a defensive driving course about a year ago. The Fayette Co deputy that taught the course said that the Pavillion was the worst thing that ever happened to Fayette County. Crime has skyrocketed since it was built. I know there are other factors. But he seemed to think that this was one of the biggest.

Submitted by kgsmom on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 2:00pm.

This car flew pass me yesterday as I was heading home from work. All I kept thinking was, "what if I had my children in the car?" I am glad that the police caught him, but I am also glad that my neighbors were not walking on this road for exercise or fishing in the lake. I know that crime happens everywhere, but we pay too much money to live in a safe and secure neighborhood, yet it seems like the crime is increasing.

Submitted by jonia on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 9:36am.

We pay too much money? Personal safety, feeling secure and protected in our own homes and neighborhood shouldn't have a price tag....we all have that right. This sort of thing can and will happen no matter what you paid for your home!

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Submitted by Woody on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 1:45pm.

I guess this shows that cars from Clayton County don't have to stop at the new park in North Fayette to do deals. They can go as far as Fayetteville or even Pike County. Shadowalker is going to have to keep moving way, way further south to escape crime from "those people."

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 10/17/2007 - 12:50pm.

i must cut these two (chessy and meat head) a break on this not being at the park they were to high to remember the new park and still rememebered how being a the pavailion was easy pickins

also they still only have one way in to the park all the hood is waiting for more roads to have better ways to run

keep all this in mind
12 months and you will see the head lines saying the park boss the park


Submitted by thebeaver on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 12:21pm.

Great job by Fayette DTF. Hopefully these thug-punks will be put away for a very, very long time.

“...the term “democrat” originated as an epithet and referred to ‘one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.’”

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:59am.

You know I love you guys, but.....

I know it is just your trained instinct to rescue people but........

why did you do it?? The world would have been better off without the drug dealer.

You starryeyed kids kill me. You just had to save him didn't you?

Thanks anyway, good job at catching him.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:56am.

Why did these thugs tell Pike Co. police that the deal had to happen at the Pavilion in Fayette Co.?
Is it that the enforcement is deemed soft in Fayette?
Bad choice fellas.
Good job Fayette DTF.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:55am.

Is that like Cheesy or Chevy or.....?
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Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:48am.

Another drug dealer with an appointment with the Cops that puts the general population in danger. I'm not sure what this accomplishes. Next time the innocent bystanders may not be so lucky.

All that being said, the Cops should have determined the car was too "HOT" to get near and save these low lifes.

Thanks for NOTHING Pike County.

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:56am.

The drug task force could have seriously used that car, or a low-cost auction could have put it in one of our driveways! It'll be on ebay soon with "slight front end damage".

Kevin "Hack" King

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 12:50pm.

SS wheels for sure. If it was an SS, I've driven one, and that much power through the front wheels is not my cup of tea.

You're right about the "slight" damage. Smiling

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