Five suspects were taken into custody and booked on multiple drug charges Thursday, June 9, after over a pound of marijuana was seized by the Macon County Sheriffs Office.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons told the Chronicle that a residence located at 2315 Galen Road had been under investigation for weeks for suspected drug activity.
“The information gathered through our investigation, led us to believe that large amounts of marijuana were being stored at the residence,” the sheriff stated.
A search warrant was obtained, and various quantities of marijuana were discovered hidden throughout the property - totaling between 1 and 1.5 pounds.
Also seized by officers was $2,614 in cash, two sets of scales, a shotgun, laptops and other drug paraphernalia. This evidence, along with intel received during their investigation, has led authorities to believe that the marijuana was being stored for resale purposes.
Five adults were living on the property inside of a house, a separate one-room apartment and a parked school bus.
Property owner Andrea Kerins, age 29, and 37-year-old Michael Doris were charged with possession of a Schedule VI with the purpose of resale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The other three suspects - Katrina Oakes, Timothy McGrail and Logan Johns - were charged with possession of a Schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two individuals were wanted on assault and drug charges in Florida and Utah, however those states chose not to extradite them.
They are all scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on July 20, 2016.
Two of Kerins’ children, both under the age of ten, were also living in the home. The Department of Children’s Services was contacted by authorities to oversee their care.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this case,” said Sheriff Gammons. “I would also like to urge citizens with information regarding illegal drug activity in Macon County to contact our office. Callers can remain anonymous, and your tips could help keep drugs out of our community.”