Three Commerce Men Charged With Drug Possession

Three Commerce men are behind bars in Jackson County facing multiple drug possession charges after a bust over the weekend.

Mitchell Posey with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office tells WNEG Radio it happened Friday.

Posey said neighbor complaints led to a six month investigation into possible drug activity at a home on Glenn Fuller Circle in Banks County.

“On Friday, agents with the ARDEO, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, and the ATF served a search warrant at the home of 34-year old Adam Dale Bennett,” Posey said. “Inside authorities found 3 grams of methamphetamine, 3 grams of marijuana along with an AR-15 assault rifle and a .22 caliber rifle.”

Bennett also allegedly had plastic bags and scales.

Posey said the narcotics seized had a street value of $400.

Also at the home were 34-year old Joseph Clyde Westmoreland of Nicholson, GA and 51-year old Dennis Michael Budy also of Commerce.

Bennett was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Westmoreland and Budy were also arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Bennett, Westmoreland, and Budy are currently being held in the Jackson County Detention Center.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit consisting of nine county sheriff’s offices, including Stephens, Franklin, Banks, and Habersham counties, as well as three Police Departments, including Toccoa, Lavonia, and Cornelia, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.