By Patrick Yost editor

The largest methamphetamine seizure in recent memory came last week after Morgan County authorities executed a traffic stop which lead to a search warrant which led to the arrest of several persons. According to Capt. Chris Bish, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua D. Mobley, 34, Godfrey, was arrested on Tuesday, June 3 after his vehicle was stopped by Morgan County deputies for a traffic violation. Following the stop, Bish said, a Morgan County canine unit alerted on Mobley’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 3.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine.

Bish said officers secured a search warrant for Mobley’s 1351 Antioch Church Road residence and found $10,000 cash and drug paraphernalia including digital scales and small plastic bags. Mobley was charged with one count possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Bish said Mobley is currently on probation for a similar charge and is being held at the Morgan County Detention Center without bond. Two days later, on Thursday, June 5, officers executed a second search warrant on Mobley’s residence. While observing the residence, Bish said, three individuals approached the garage. Bonnie Jeanne Weeks, 28, Covington; Clifton Randall Burns, 30, Covington and Stephanie Fogleman Zaluska, 36, Conyers were all arrested and charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit a felony. After the three individuals approached the garage, officers searched the garage and found another 11 ounces of suspected methamphetamine and another $5,000 cash in the garage. “It’s a substantial violation.” Bish said during the initial search of the residence on Tuesday the drug dog was overwhelmed with scent.

“We knew there was more in there,” he said. Bish said the arrests are part of the sheriff’s office “ongoing initiative to disrupt the distribution of methamphetamine in Morgan County.” Two weeks ago authorities arrested and charged William H. Paden, 44, of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute along with aggravated assault charges after he allegedly rammed an officers vehicle during an attempted traffic stop. Bish said Paden and Mobley are both “substantial” methamphetamine suppliers. “These were two consistent traffickers,” he said.