Three Gainesville men were arrested Friday and charged with intent to distribute more than $3,000 in synthetic marijuana as the result of a drug investigation.
The Multi Agency Narcotics Squad said in a news release the three were arrested on Dean Street in Gainesville by agents from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Hall County Animal Control.
Isiaha Keishad Thornton, 23, Tayon Marquett Harris, 21, and Justin Lamar Nicholas Cantrell, 20, all of Gainesville, were charged with possession of synthetic marijuana with the intent to distribute. Cantrell also was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and tampering with evidence.
The three were arrested in the back yard where a fire in a steel barrel was burning money and synthetic marijuana.
Agents also found a loaded .38-caliber revolver and a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. A loaded 22-caliber “Uzi” style assault rifle was located inside the residence.
They also found numerous plastic bags containing synthetic marijuana. The total of the drug seized was estimated to have a street value of $ 3,280.
Each suspect was booked in at the Hall County Jail.