DECATUR — A 39-year-old drug dealer with three prior narcotics convictions was arrested after a police task force found about 3 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $13,000 in his house during a raid.
Officers with the Decatur police Street Crimes Unit and Emergency Response Team, backed by Macon County sheriff’s deputies, executed a “knock and announce” narcotics search warrant at a house in the 1000 block of West Cerro Gordo Street on Wednesday evening, according to an affidavit by detective Chad Larner.
Officers found Jason A. Mabry inside the house and found a small quantity of marijuana in his pants pocket.
Inside a bedroom, officers reported finding a white shopping bag containing two large freezer bags stuffed with marijuana, as well as 14 smaller bags, each containing a small amount of marijuana. In the kitchen, they found a digital scale, drug packaging materials and 11 grams of marijuana.
“A large quantity of U.S. currency was located as well, scattered among the bags of cannabis,” Larner wrote in his statement.
Mabry told Larner he bought the marijuana in St. Louis and paid $3,000. To explain why he was selling marijuana, Mabry said he was recently fired from a local restaurant.
“Mabry stated that he has reverted to purchasing large quantities of cannabis and has subsequently been selling/distributing smaller quantities to earn an income,” Larner wrote.
Mabry was booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of possession and dealing 500 to 2,000 grams of cannabis. He is being held on a $50,000 bond, pending his arraignment by Thursday.
Although Mabry was convicted twice for drug dealing, in 1992 and 2000, and once for drug possession, in 1996, he has no recent convictions. In his 2000 case, he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for manufacture/delivery of 1 to 15 grams of cocaine.