Two Georgia women were on Friday arrested after officials caught one of them selling marijuana edibles at a local church event.
The women, Ebony Cooper, 28, and 26-year-old Leah Pressley were arrested at a church in Savannah, Georgia, during an event for entrepreneurs, with vendors selling various items from booths, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team said in a Monday statement.
Ebony Cooper who was one of the vendors “was openly selling the weed edibles in addition to other items,” the CNT said, noting the items included marijuana-infused “cereal treats, brownies, and puddings.”
When Officials then searched Pressley’s car they found “a large amount of edibles and more than $1,000 in cash,” the CNT said, adding a firearm, which agents believed Cooper had in her possession while selling the items on church property,” was also seized.
The duo were booked on felony drug charges and taken to the Chatham County Detention Center.
CNT then released a statement on their Facebook Page:
CNT Investigates Drugs Being Sold on Church Property
SAVANNAH, Georgia (September 17, 2018): Two people are in custody after the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) identified a person was selling drugs on a local church property.
On Friday, September 14, 2018, undercover CNT agents purchased marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) edibles. The purchases occurred at a church located in the 600 block of East 37th Street in Savannah.
At an event on church property, undercover agents made contact with 28-year-old Ebony Cooper of Savannah who was openly selling the edibles in addition to other items. Agents made a purchase of several edibles and maintained surveillance of Cooper.
Agents followed Cooper and 26-year-old Leah Pressley of Savannah to an off-site location where agents made contact with them. A search of Pressley’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of a large amount of edibles and more than $1,000 in cash. Also seized was a loaded firearm, which agents believed Cooper had in her possession while selling the items on church property.
Both Cooper and Pressley were charged with felony drug charges and remain in the Chatham County Detention Center. Agents do not believe Pressley participated in the edible sales that occurred on the church property.
During CNT’s investigation, agents determined Cooper was actively advertising her edibles on various social media sites. In addition, Cooper was displaying the edibles on her table at the event. The edibles included a mixture of various types of cereal treats, brownies, and puddings.
The church was hosting an event for local entrepreneurs. The event allowed vendors to set up booths and sell various items. Based on CNT’s investigation, agents determined this event was hosted by an outside vendor and that the church was unaware of any illegal activities occurring on its property. All other vendors appeared to have been operating in a lawful capacity.
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