Man arrested after drug package sent to him at abandoned address

Published 5:44 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

Bainbridge Public Safety was made aware of a large-scale marijuana operation located at 1621 Libby Street, and a search warrant was executed on Thursday. 

During a search of the premises, investigators found Rodriquez Deontae Cheatham, 23, in possession of approximately eight pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $5,757 in cash. The marijuana had been boxed and was shipped to Cheatham through the U.S. mail.

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Investigators are using package labeling and tracking information to obtain more information about others involved in the operation.

“Many times packages will be sent through the mail to an address of a home that is vacant,” BPS Investigator Chip Nix said. “The recipient will be informed as to when the package will be delivered and will hang out in the area. Area residents need to keep their eyes open and always report suspicious activity. If a house is not being lived in, but people are seen hanging around, they need to let us know so we can investigate.” 

Rodriquez Deontae Cheatham of Bainbridge was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell/Distribute (Felony). 

Assisting in the search and arrest were Nix, Investigator Larry Funderburke, Investigator Chris Avery, Captain Nigel Hurst, Sergeant Tim McCain, Officer Jayson Myers, Officer Tim Shaw and Officer John Walker.

The case is still under investigation, and further arrests may be forthcoming.