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7 arrested in drug investigation
Another suspect later arrested for armed robery
(Left to right, top to bottom) Casey Alec Kirkpatrick, Kris Alan Kirkpatrick, Zachary Taylor Haedike, Joshua Jordan Lightner, Nicole Ashlee Maya, Andrew Rutledge, Kenndual Reshaud Thorton, William Blake Stewart

Seven teens and young adults were arrested on charges ranging from drug possession to armed robbery after undercover investigation from the the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Narcotics and Vice Unit.

The investigation began after multiple complaints over the past year about potential drug activity taking place at 168 Old Mill Way, according to a released statement.

The undercover unit began purchasing marijuana from the residents over the past few months. However, investigators learned about potential weapons in the residence and executed a search warrant on Thursday,  Jan. 5, with help from the RCSO SWAT team.

Twelve individuals were found, seven were arrested. Investigators also found approximately 3 ounces of marijuana, two handguns, a substance believed to be liquid Codeine and drug paraphernalia within the residence.

Those arrested were Zachary Taylor Haedike, 21, of Covington; Casey Alec Kirkpatrick, 17, of Conyers; Kris Alan Kirkpatrick, 17, of Conyers; Joshua Jordan Lightner, 17, of Conyers; Nicole Ashlee Maya, 19, of Conyers; Andrew Rutledge, 18, of Covington; and Kenndual Reshaud Thorton, 17, of Conyers. Haedike was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Casey and Kris Kirkpatrick, Joshua Lightner, and the Kirkpatricks' father all listed the residence as their home adress. The father, who was in the split-level foyer house at the time, was not arrested.

Casey and Kris Kirkpatrick, Maya, and Rutledge were all charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Lightner was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and obstruction. Thorton was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Thorton also had outstanding warrants, charged with armed robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, for a robbery that occurred on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at the Chevron located at 2302 Ebenezer Road in Conyers.

According reports, Thorton is believed to have been a passenger in a vehicle driven by William Blake Stewart. He reportedly climbed into the back seat of another vehicle parked at the gas pumps and demanded money from the victim. Thorton then got back into the vehicle driven by Stewart and they sped away from the area. The victim then drove to the Sheriff's Office to report the robbery.

Stewart, 17, of Stockbridge, is also charged with armed robbery and probation violation. He was arrested on Friday, January 7, 2012.

Both Thorton and Stewart remain in the Rockdale County Jail without bond.