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Felon arrested during meth bust in Clayton County, cops say

John Eric Spencer
John Eric Spencer

Credit: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

A felon was arrested during a drug bust at a suspected meth house in Clayton County on Tuesday evening, officials said.

John Eric Spencer was taken into custody on several charges when deputies executed a search warrant at the Sanderling Lane home, the Clayton sheriff’s office said. Investigators suspected methamphetamine was being housed at the location.

Authorities said Spencer was arrested without incident after deputies surrounded the home.

“Realizing there was nowhere for him to escape, (Spencer) wisely came out surrendering with his hands up,” the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff's office said deputies found methamphetamine, scales and baggies in the home.
The sheriff's office said deputies found methamphetamine, scales and baggies in the home.

Credit: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

When investigators searched the house, they found about 7 ounces of methamphetamine, scales and baggies “for sale purposes,” the sheriff’s office said. Deputies also found a small amount of marijuana and a handgun.

“Spencer, who has no job, was in possession of approximately $4,000 to $5,000 in drug money,” the sheriff’s office said.

Spencer was taken to the Clayton County Jail, where he remains. He is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, use or possession of drug-related objects, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime.

Spencer served a five-year sentence in the 1990s for cocaine possession and marijuana sale and distribution in Clayton County, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

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