An alleged former gang member and a women who is eight-months pregnant were arrested after the Albany Dougherty SWAT Team and the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU) raided an apartment in the 2500 block of Hilltop Road early Wednesday morning.
"You could smell the pot from outside it was that strong," says Maj. Bill Berry with ADDU.
Berry with ADDU says they recovered 2.5 pounds of marijuana, 427 ecstasy pills, $1,262 in cash and several gun clips. He says they did not locate the weapon. Big-screen televisions, computers and baby items were also in the apartment.
ADDU arrested Diron Weeks, 36, and Sherrie Jackson, 28, for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Trafficking Ecstasy. Weeks has prior drug charges, according to ADDU; they say he served eight years for cocaine distribution. They say they also received information Weeks allegedly was previously affiliated with the East Side Mafia gang.
Berry says the SWAT Team was brought in because they received information that Weeks has prior gang affiliation.
He says after consulting with the district attorney, ADDU decided to release Jackson after questioning and later draft a warrant saying she can turn herself in; Berry says Jackson is two weeks away from giving birth and they do not want her to have a baby in the jail. He says if she were to have the baby in jail the drug unit - and therefore taxpayers - would be responsible for the medical expenses.
"We've already met with the DA and talked with him and explained the situation and they helped us in setting this up so she could make the arrangements and she can turn herself in when we call her," says Berry. "We had the concern of we don't want her to have that baby in the jail facility under the stress and issues of having a baby plus having it in a jail."
The raid at the Hilltop apartment makes it the fourth drug bust in two weeks for the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.
"We're getting a little bit more proactive, and we're just getting some good information. People are calling us, talking to us and sharing info with us, and what we're doing is following up on it. And we've had a good run of luck, too," says Berry.