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Task force makes first 'molly' arrests in Cartersville
by Monica Burge
July 26, 2013 08:47 PM | 3492 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force seized a large quantity of the street drug known as “molly” Tuesday.

Seven people were arrested in connection with the bust.

According to task force commander Captain Mark Mayton, this is the county’s first seizure of molly, which is a form of MDMA/Ecstasy.

Mayton said the chemical make-up of this drug is the same as methamphetamine and has some of the same effects.

The drug was found at the home of Christopher Lee Willingham, 24.

Willingham was arrested during a traffic stop July 23 on I-75 and charged with possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

Mayton said the Willingham arrest came on the heels of a month-long investigation into reported illegal drug activity in Cartersville.

The arrest led to a subsequent search of Willingham’s home at 49 Benefield Circle in Cartersville which produced the molly, a large quantity of high-grade marijuana and a firearm.

Willingham faces additional charges of trafficking Ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, sale of marijuana, possession of a firearm during a VGCSA felony, and a window tint violation.

During the execution of the search warrant six additional people were arrested, including three living at the home.

Brandon Shea Etheridge, 18, was charged with trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during a VGCSA felony.

Timothy Glen Etheridge, 54, and Christi Lynn Etheridge, 49, were charged with possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

The other arrestees were teens.

Dylan Cade Williams, 18, of Rydal was charged with trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during a VGCSA felony.

Samuel Lawrence Ayers, 18, of White, was charged with trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during a VGCSA felony.

Dustin Bradley Bush, 18, of Atlanta, was charged with trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during a VGCSA felony.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap and Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said that agents are still following information gathered during this investigation and expect more arrests.

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