A man arrested in a Wednesday morning drug bust in the Magnolia Springs area has now been officially charged. 44-year-old Craig Lorenzo Booker was taken into custody on Wednesday which was, ironically, his birthday.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Scotty Duncan said that he and other deputies went to Booker’s home on County Road 530 upon the request of the U.S. Marshal’s Service because they had a parole violation warrant on him.

Duncan said Booker was located and arrested. However, Duncan said deputies began finding drugs and large sums of money in the home, most of which was $100 dollar bills.

After a few hours of counting, deputies determined that the man had a total of $51,437.00 which they said was from drug dealing and they planned to ask a judge to allow them to seize the cash.

Also in the house, Duncan said they located methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and a 9mm handgun with boxes of ammunition.

On Thursday, Booker stood before Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Smith and was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and his bond was set at $75,000.00. However, he won’t have an opportunity to bond out due to his parole violation warrant with bond denied.

Also on Thursday, Sheriff Mitchel Newman pointed out that other charges are pending against Booker, such as felon in possession of a firearm, along with other drug charges specifically related to the types of drugs that Booker allegedly had in his possession.


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