Officials with the GPD say Cpl. Stan Phillips, of the CSU, in response to “many complaints that the department had received concerning Rodney Bernard Jackson selling drugs,” obtained a search warrant for Jackson’s residence.
“Drug enforcement is not our total job when it comes to the Crime Suppression Unit,” said Lt. Tony Thomason, CSU supervisor. “However, there is a connection between narcotics and other street crimes and I do not want my unit to lose sight of that.”
During the execution of Monday’s search warrant, GPD officials say Jackson fled from officers, but was soon apprehended.
“As we were entering the front door of the residence, Rodney Jackson fled from our entry team by running through the kitchen and out the rear of the house. During the planning for this operation, Jackson’s actions were predicted so we ensured that a perimeter around the house was established to prevent his escape during the execution of the warrant,” said Cpl. Bryan Clanton, SRT member and GPD spokesman. “He actually ran into our perimeter officers, Lt. Mike Richardson (SIU) and patrolman Shaun Carr (CSU), as soon as he exited the house.”
“We were able to plan and serve this warrant quickly and efficiently due to already having an appropriate number of SRT officers on duty,” said Lt. Darrell Dix, SRT commander.
When Jackson was later searched, it is alleged that officers found a quantity of crack cocaine in his pocket.
In addition to Jackson’s arrest, Clanton said Otis James, the person responsible for the residence, also “was arrested during the execution of the search warrant and was charged with maintaining a disorderly house since he willingly allowed Jackson to operate his illegal narcotics trade from the residence.”
According to Clanton, this is not Jackson’s only arrest on drug-related charges.
“This was not Rodney Jackson’s first time being arrested for the sale of drugs. Jackson was detained during a previous search warrant operation across the street from 208 North First St. His brother, Lamar Jackson, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine after the evidence he attempted to destroy was located in the sewage line,” Clanton said. “Jackson was named in this previous search warrant but his brother was in possession of the contraband when the Griffin Police Department conducted the warrant. It appears that he has been operating out of both residences on North First Street.”
Clanton went on to say that Phillips, the investigating officer, “is of the opinion that Rodney Jackson has proven himself to be a danger to the community due to his lack of regard for the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.”
Authorities say Jackson, in addition to numerous convictions on his record, was on bond prior to Monday’s arrest.
“Prior to this operation, he was out on bond for possession of cocaine and two counts of obstruction of an officer from a December 26, 2007, case; a possession of cocaine charge from January 1, 2008; and possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, felony fleeing and attempting to elude and another obstruction of an officer charge,” Clanton said. “Due to Jackson’s criminal history and his arrest while on bond for previous charges, Cpl. Phillips will be requesting a denial of bond on the new charges.”
Jackson is being held in the Spalding County Jail facing new charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and obstruction of an officer.