Multiple drug possession arrests made

Published 6:10 am Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Local law enforcement made several drug-related arrests within the past week.

Phillip Byrd, 45, of 175 Kemp Road, Climax, was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon, according to Capt. Chip Nix.

Byrd is accused of growing 21 marijuana plants in the woods near his house and harvesting some of them for sale, Nix said. Byrd was charged with manufacturing and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

 Chadwick Gene Inlow, 29, 656 John Sam Road, Bainbridge, was arrested last Thursday after deputies received information he intended to deliver four grams of methamphetamine (meth) to a house on Old Clay Pit Road in West Bainbridge. With help from Bainbridge Public Safety detectives, deputies caught Inlow. They charged him with possession of meth and obstruction. Nix said an investigation continues into Inlow’s suspected activities.

 Christopher Roger Clay, 19, 2004 Lake Douglas Road, Bainbridge, was arrested Monday afternoon after Cpl. Kyle Duke of the Georgia State Patrol saw the teen, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, driving south at 80 miles per hour on College Road, where the speed limit is 45 mph. Inside Clay’s car, Duke found a misdemeanor amount of suspected marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia.

 James Erskine Butler Jr., 25, of 127 Alice Lane, Attapulgus, and Kevin Antwan Burt, 24, of Havana, Fla., were both arrested on drug possession charges after GSP Trooper 1st Class Walt Landrum stopped Butler’s car on U.S. 27 South near the Georgia-Florida border for a tail light violation. Landrum said his patrol car’s video tape shows Butler and Burt throw bags containing suspected marijuana and cocaine out of their car during the stop.

Butler was also charged with DUI (drugs).

This is not the same person as James Oscar Butler Jr., originally from Climax, who plays for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.

 Erik Dylan Sirmons, 17, 123 Riverfront Road, Bainbridge, was arrested by Cpl. Jason Williams after a car in which Sirmons was a passenger almost backed into Williams’ patrol car on the 1600 block of Pine Street in Bainbridge. Questioning Sirmons, Williams found a misdemeanor marijuana in 10 small plastic bags.