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Police say suspect had drugs mailed to his Decatur hotel

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DECATUR — Detectives said they arrested a Decatur man on drug dealing and possession charges Monday after he received a package of Xanax pills addressed to his hotel room in which other drugs were stashed along with $35,000 in cash.

A sworn affidavit by Decatur Police Det. Jonathan Jones said Bradley D. Perkins, 42, was taken into custody at 3:50 p.m. at the Econolodge Hotel, 5170 North Wingate Drive in Decatur. The package of Xanax, normally prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, had been sent from a New York City address and weighed 214 grams, according to Jones.

Perkins’ hotel room was then searched by Jones and detectives from the police Street Crimes Unit and Jones said they found 178 grams of methamphetamine along with 12 grams of powdered cocaine and two plastic baggies holding 3 grams of heroin. Police also seized two digital scales and “two boxes of plastic baggies.”.

“... Approximately $35,000 in U.S. currency … was placed in various locations throughout the hotel room,” added Jones.

Perkins was booked on preliminary felony charges of controlled substance trafficking and possession of methamphetamine, heroin and a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the office of the State’s Attorney.

Perkins is said to have told police he had been staying at the hotel “for about a week,” and a check with hotel records showed his room had been rented Jan. 16.

Jones said police had Perkins under surveillance and took him into custody after they saw him walk down to the hotel front desk and retrieve a package containing the Xanax.

Court records did not list him as having an attorney yet and he remained in the Macon County Jail Tuesday night in lieu of posting $500,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Jan. 30.


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