LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police with the Quality of Life Unit arrested eight people this month after routine investigations to reduce crime within the county.
Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the unit's officers arrested four adults March 10 after the police received tips of illegal activity at a residence and 44-year-old Charles Tony Lewallen gave police permission to search his Duluth home for drugs.
Inside the 2926 Sunset St. home officers found eight people, drug paraphernalia, $1,100 and evidence of methamphetamine use, according to Moloney.
Four of the eight were arrested and claimed they lived at the home.
Lewallen was reportedly found with a handgun and charged with misdemeanor drugs not in original container, two counts of misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs, felony possession of a weapon and felony violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act schedule II.
Moloney said Deborah Ann Peterson, 49, who also reportedly lived in the home, faces similar charges, including misdemeanor drugs not in original container and two counts of misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs.
John David Tobin, 50, is charged with violation of probation and felony VGCSA schedule II. And 41-year-old Walter Glen Adcock was arrested on charges issued by another police department, Moloney said.
As of Friday, Tobin was the only one of the four who had not bonded out of the Gwinnett County Jail, Moloney said.
Four more arrests were made March 15, Moloney said. Officers received a tip that residents at 1339 Indian Way in Norcross were possibly involved with drug activities.
Officers went to the residence in response to reports of numerous county violations, including large amounts of yard debris and overgrown grass and weeds, Moloney said.
Officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana in the home after residents agreed to let officers search the house.
Four people were arrested and face drug-related charges.
Debra Jean White, 45, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of dangerous drugs, Moloney said.
Julio Ceaser Ruiz, 18, of Buford faces misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Dafne Acevedo, 17, of Duluth and 19-year-old Jessica Marie Shorter of Lilburn were also charged with possession of the drug.
Moloney said White was the only one who reportedly lived at the Norcross home where the arrests were made.
Investigators also believe some of those arrested are members of the La Grand Familia street gang. All four have bonded out of the Gwinnett County Jail, Moloney said.
Moloney said both sets of arrests are part of the Quality of Life officer's mission to reduce crime within the county.
"The general concept is to improve the quality of life for the community," Moloney said. "They're trying to reduce the type of activity that may lead to other crimes."