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Agencies join forces to raid Putnam house

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Career drug dealer arrested

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    Butts County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team members are ready to raid a house on Napier Road in Putnam County Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED
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    Andy Kirk Davis stands handcuffed beside PCSO Lt. Harry Luke after Davis’ arrest Tuesday morning. CONTRIBUTED

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Macon field office and the S.W.A.T. team of Butts County Sheriff’s Office raided a house in Putnam County at Lake Sinclair Tuesday morning and arrested a career drug dealer.

Andy Kirk Davis, age 37, has been convicted numerous times since 2010 for the sale of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by convicted felon and theft by taking, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and Butts County Sheriff Gary Long. The crimes were all committed in Butts, Jasper, Henry and Putnam counties, and Davis was reportedly released from prison early to serve the remainder of his sentences on parole.

“Of course, Mr. Davis, like most of the people that cause problems in our communities all over Middle Georgia, has a 30-page rap sheet with five prior felony convictions,” Sills said. “And if law was being followed, he’d have been in prison today, but he wasn’t.

“My question is, who exactly in the parole office has been supervising this person if he is able to deal mass quantities of drugs all over Middle Georgia? The public wants to know why crime is bad; well this is what they should pay attention to,” Sills added.

PCSO’s Lt. Harry Luke said he worked an investigation with Jasper County and Butts County two years ago and arrested Davis for selling methamphetamine, and Davis received a 10-year sentence in prison.

“But he only served about a year,” Luke said. “He is a lieutenant in the Ghost Face Gang. And he was banished from Butts County on his last caper, so he ends up moving here to Putnam.”

The FBI contacted Luke about two months ago and said they wanted to work with PCSO and BCSO on another investigation.

“So, we all joined together and it all came to a head (Tuesday) morning when we raided his house on Napier Road down on Lake Sinclair,” Luke said.

During the days and weeks leading up to the arrest, Luke said undercover officers with Butts County “bought a lot, and I mean a lot, of meth from him here in Putnam.” According to Sheriff Long’s post on Facebook, his Counter-Narcotics Unit agents purchased more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from Davis.

During Tuesday’s raid in Putnam, officers with the various agencies confiscated two pickup trucks, a car, and SUV, $1,640 in cash and drugs that included a pound and a half of methamphetamine and some alprazolam pills, some of which had been crushed into powder form, Luke said. He estimated the street value of the drugs to be more than $36,300.

Luke also said there were four small children in the house with Davis at the time of the raid. They were between the ages of 2 and 8, he said, noting that they were not Davis’ children but were his wife’s, who was at work at the time, Luke said.

Sills said Davis lives and sells drugs all over Middle Georgia. This particular investigation also included purchases of methamphetamine from him in Newton County.

Davis is currently being held in jail in Butts County on charges of sale of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamines, and use of a telecommunication device to commit a felony. He also faces similar charges in Newton and Putnam counties.

“We take individuals like this very seriously, and he will be prosecuted according to the law,” said T. Wright Barksdale, assistant district attorney of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. “I appreciate all the law enforcement agencies involved in this arrest. No doubt Putnam County is much safer with him off the streets.”