The Athens Review
A Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigation into distribution of crack cocaine from an Athens residence led to the arrest of two men Wednesday afternoon.
Billy Oneal Black, 52, of Athens was charged with manufacture and delivery of controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams). Black remained in custody on Thursday afternoon with bond set at $20,000.
The offense is a first-degree felony, which carries a possible sentence, upon conviction, of five to 99 years in a state prison and a possible fine of not more than $10,000.
Officers also arrested Patrick Lavern Rockmore, 46, of Athens for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Rockmore was released Thursday morning after posting $3,500 bond.
According to the HCSO, Narcotics Investigator Wick Gabbard gathered information on a residence on Broadmore Street concerning the distribution of crack cocaine. Gabbard obtained a search warrant from Justice of the Peace Milton Adams and at 5:30 p.m., along with other investigators and deputies, went to the location.
The officers found Black and Rockmore at the residence along with a third man who was released at the scene.
HCSO reports stated that Black had a quantity of crack cocaine on his person. Officers also found a large amount of crack cocaine inside the residence, as well as drug paraphernalia commonly used in the distribution of crack.
The HCSO made an additional first-degree felony drug arrest on Wednesday night at the Henderson County Justice Center in Athens. Anthony Hawthorne, 19, of Seven Points was arrested when he came to the Sheriff’s Office to leave property for an inmate.
Dep. Brad Beddingfield discovered Hawthorne was wanted on an existing warrant and placed him under arrest.
Once Hawthorne was in custody, Beddingfield discovered that Hawthorne had a large quantity of methamphetamine in his possession. Hawthorne was booked for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams).
He remained in jail on Thursday afternoon with bond set at $20,000.