A 33-year-old Milledgeville man was arrested Saturday afternoon at The Milledgeville Manor Apartments for allegedly selling marijuana, local authorities say.
The arrest stemmed from a tip that authorities received about the illegal sale of drugs going on in the breezeway of the H Building.
At the scene, deputies seized 13 bags of marijuana, a set of scales, and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect was identified as Bobby Lee Grable, who lives in one of the H Building units at the apartment complex, located at 1498 S. Jefferson St., according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jerome Roberts.
Grable was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, records show.
He was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.
Roberts said after he arrived at the apartment complex that he parked his patrol car. At the same time, the deputy said he watched Grable get up and walk away from where he had been sitting in the breezeway.
“Once I approached the breezeway I was able to see two cellphones, an open can of Bud Light, a black digital scale, and a clear plastic containing suspected marijuana sitting on top of a Walmart bag,” Roberts said in his report.
Roberts said he later radioed for assistance from Deputy Lt. Lee Williamson.
While waiting on Williamson to get there, Roberts said he knocked on a nearby apartment door to see if anyone inside had seen Grable.
Roberts said when a woman opened the door of the apartment, he spotted Grable sitting on the arm of the sofa inside the residence.
The deputy said he immediately notified Grable that he was under arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Roberts said Grable asked him to get his cellphones.
When the deputy asked Grable where his phones were, he reportedly pointed at the two cellphones that had been seen earlier by Roberts laying on the floor near the scale, the beer and suspected marijuana.
Grable later became “very upset” telling the deputy that the marijuana didn’t belong to him.
The only thing that Grable admitted belonged to him were the phones and the beer.
In one of Grable’s pockets, Roberts found an unknown amount of cash in different denominations.
“The money I removed from his pocket was balled up and not together,” Roberts said in his report.
At the jail, Roberts said he read Grable his Miranda warning and that the suspect agreed to speak to him without an attorney being present.
Roberts asked Grable whether or not he was the person sitting in the breezeway with a beer between his legs when he drove up.
Grable reportedly said, “Yeah,” according to the incident report.
Roberts also asked Grable if he was the same person that got up and later walked away.
Again, Grable reportedly replied, “Yeah.”
Grable reportedly said that he went into the apartment because he wanted a drink of water. He said he left his beer, liquor and phones, reportedly claiming that the drugs were there before he ever said down.
Several of the items of evidence gathered were collected and were awaiting fingerprint examination Monday.