Sheriff's deputies serving a probation violation warrant at a Conyers home discovered much more as drugs, bullet proof vests, Rockdale County Sheriff Department T-shirts and a weapon was found on property.
At 4:29 p.m. on Saturday deputies knocked on the door of a River Cir. residence to find no one was home. After going around back a deputy noticed the window was open and the screen was torn, according to the report, "in a manner consistent with someone attempting to tear it to reach into the residence to unlock the door," as would happen in a burglary situation. He then discovered the back door was unlocked and entered the premises.
As he entered the living room, which had been converted to a bed room, the deputy noticed a large plastic bag with a green leafy substance that looked like marijuana, a pill bottle with what appeared to be marijuana seeds, and a pill bottle with marijuana "roaches" on table next to bed.
Upon entering the last room of the trailer, the deputy noticed bullet proof vests "similar in nature to the vest that I was issued by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office." There were also folded black T-shirts with "Rockdale County Sheriff's Department" and a badge silk-screened on the front.
While deputies and investigators were waiting for a search warrant to arrive, resident Ernest Black, 56, and his wife Amy Elizabeth Merritt, 49, who was wearing one of the T-shirts, arrived in the driveway.
Black, who was described as having high blood pressure and a siezure disorder, reportedly became upset and was reportedly taken to the hospital.
Deputies found 3 bullet proof vests and 26 T-shirts, multiple glass "crack" pipes with residue and a small caliber rifle in the residence.
Merrit reported a diamond ring and necklace as missing from the residence.
Black was taken into custody for felony marijuana possession, distribution/manufacturing drug charges, posession of drug related objects, with more charges possibly to follow. Merritt was also taken into custody and faces marijuna posession and drug manufacture/distribution charges. Crime analyst Michael Camp said Black and Merritt were not suspected of trying to imitate law enforcement.
The original subject of the probation violation warrant, William Wilson, was not located at the residence.