PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Police have arrested four people in connection with drug trafficking and stealing guns from a sporting goods store.
Randall Casey Thomas, 41, Erick Douglas Thomas, 38, Mariah Lynn Barham, 24, and Emily Catherine Hardin, 22, have been changed with methamphetamine trafficking, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and multiple firearms charges.
Police began investigating details about a burglary at Academy Sports in Hiram, Ga. on Aug. 2.
During the burglary, 13 guns were stolen along with other merchandise. Following an investigation, most of the guns were recovered on August 9.
Detectives with the Hiram Police Department, Deputies and Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and Agents with the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force were able to work together to recover the majority of the stolen guns from the Academy Sports burglary and seize a large quantity of illegal narcotics in the process.
On Aug. 9, detectives executed a search warrant at 488 Roberson Road in Rockmart, Ga., which was the culmination of a 2 month narcotics investigation into that residence and its occupants. Approximately 8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 4.5 pounds of marijuana, and 36 firearms were located, according to a police report.
Twelve of the firearms that were recovered during the search warrant were stolen from Academy Sports in Hiram, Ga.
Randall Casey Thomas Jr, 41, is still being held in the Paulding County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond and he also has a hold through the State of Georgia Parole Board.
Erick Thomas, 38, is currently being held at the Paulding County Detention Center with no bond.
Mariah Barham was booked into the Paulding County Detention Center on Aug. 10 and was released Sept. 8 on a $2,950 bond.
Emily Hardin was booked into the Paulding County Detention Center on Aug. 10 and was released Sept. 8 on a $4,600 bond.
If you have any information about narcotics use, distribution, or trafficking in Paulding County, please call the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force at (770) 6469175.
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