Four people were arrested on drug charges after SWAT officers and detectives served a warrant Thursday morning to search for narcotics at an upscale Brookhaven home.
Residents in the area of Childers Road and Shady Valley Drive were asked to stay indoors because of heavy police presence at 8:15 a.m. SWAT officers secured the home on Hedge Rose Court and left the scene one hour later.
“BPD (Brookhaven Police Department) & North Metro SWAT conducted a warrant service without incident,” police said on Twitter. “No shots were fired.”
The area, located off East Roxboro Road in the Pine Hills neighborhood of Buckhead, was shut down to drivers while SWAT was on scene. Homes in the neighborhood are valued at a half-million dollars and up.
Officers searched the home for several hours Thursday morning, according to Brookhaven police Maj. Brandon Gurley.
“Detectives have moved in to begin processing and searching the residence,” he told AJC.com from the scene. “There are some dogs on scene here that are secured inside the house. We are waiting on Animal Control to come out so that we can secure those animals and continue the search.”
Two men and one woman were detained when SWAT officers made an initial sweep of the home. They were later arrested and identified as James Michael B. Mitchell, 34, Joshua Bishop, 31, and Maggie Erin Marshall, 30.
Mitchell faces charges of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and forgery in the second degree, while Bishop faces a meth possession charge. Marshall was arrested on charges of destruction of evidence, conspiracy to sell meth, meth possession and forgery in the second degree.
Gurley said Brookhaven police utilized the unit out of caution “based on information that detectives received during the course of this ongoing investigation.” When SWAT first knocked on the front door, no one answered and they had to force their way inside, he said.
“They made contact and heard movement inside but were unable to get anyone to come to them,” Gurley said. “It took several minutes to locate the subjects, secure them and make sure the rest of the residence was secure and safe.”
Detectives seized an undisclosed amount of meth and items related to the distribution and sell of drugs, he said.
A fourth person, 48-year-old Haywood Robin Hendrix, was later arrested in connection with the investigation on charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Hendrix is the homeowner, according to DeKalb County property records.
All four are being held at the DeKalb County jail, police said Friday.
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