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Posted: February 26, 2009 5:13 a.m.

Four arrested in two Social Circle raids

Two early morning raids conducted by Social Circle, Loganville and Monroe law enforcement agents produced four arrests, drugs, suspected drug money and a stolen firearm in Social Circle on Saturday.

Members of the Social Circle and Loganville SWAT teams served a search warrant at duplex located at 390 Carver Drive around 5 a.m. Inside, they found Riley McGuire, 58, of Oxford asleep and Bennie Taylor, 58, of Social Circle awake. A search of the residence with K9 teams from Monroe uncovered an amount of crack cocaine and approximately $1,500 in cash.

Both men were arrested without incident. McGuire was charged with sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after drugs were allegedly found in the bed where he slept, while Taylor was charged with sale of cocaine.

Officers had been investigating the suspects for some time after receiving complaints from the neighborhood about alleged drug selling activities, said Social Circle Public Safety Department Chief Steve Shelton

The SCPSD also served another search warrant later that morning at 464 Ronthor Road, occupied by Dexter Bell, 40, around 8:30 a.m.

Inside, police found a small amount of cocaine along with a small amount of cash and a .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun that turned out to be stolen.

Bell was arrested without incident and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and theft by receiving stolen property.

While police were at the residence, the suspect's brother Gary Bell, 47, of Social Circle came up to the house. Gary Bell was found to have a bench warrant for failure to appear in Social Circle Municipal Court and was placed under arrest.

Although these were only two of the ongoing drug investigations carried out by the SCPSD, the search and arrests at 390 Carver Drive highlighted the greater degree of cooperation between the three agencies seen since the beginning of the year.

"All of them worked together well, and they did a good job," said Shelton. "I hope we can keep doing the same thing."

Although the SCPSD had been working with Loganville since its inception, it began working with Monroe after officers received information about drug activities in Monroe and vice versa, said Shelton. At the beginning of the year, all three narcotics units sat down and discussed how to better coordinate their efforts.

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