Alpharetta police vow 'crackdown' on drug sales at amphitheater

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Channel 2's Mike Petchenik reports.

An undercover drug bust this month at a rock show in Alpharetta resulted in the arrest of a Tennessee couple, who city police officials say posed as concert vendors.

Alpharetta police are now cracking down on illegal drug sales following the recent sting.

Police spokesman George Gordon told Channel 2 Action News that Jennifer Vaughn, 26, met with an undercover officer on Sept. 16 at the BP gas station on Haynes Bridge Road.

The officer asked Vaughn if she was going to the Widespread Panic concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park. She replied "yes," adding that she was a vendor at the show.

Vaughn told the officer she could supply him with MDMA, better known as “ecstasy,” and $5 bags of marijuana “edibles.”

“We simply don’t want it here and aren’t going to tolerate it,” Gordon told Channel 2. “As long as concerts have existed, there are gonna (be) people who come to concerts and attempt to sell narcotics.”

Attempts to reach Gordon for additional comments were unsuccessful Friday.

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The officer caught up with Vaughn later that evening at her booth, where she and her boyfriend, Dillon Tarver, were selling jewelry and candles. The officer then purchased a $5 bag of THC-edibles from Vaughn, with Tarver telling him afterward “they were really good” and he “wouldn’t be disappointed,” the report states.

Tarver and Vaughn were arrested shortly after. Officers uncovered $200, nine grams of marijuana, and five pounds of marijuana candies disguised as gummy candies and lollipops from a cooler.

“It’s a particular concert that attracts a particular crowd," Gordon said, and Vaughn was going to sell the drugs "... to whoever was going to buy it."

Both Vaughn and Tarver were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The suspects were transported and booked into the North Fulton County Jail in Alpharetta. Vaughn and Tarver were released last week on $5,000 and $6,000 bonds, respectively.