Feds fight for $440,000 from Culloden drug bust

mstucka@macon.comDecember 25, 2013 

Federal prosecutors are fighting to keep about $440,000 seized from a Culloden home they say is tied to drugs.

Adrian Savalas Gray filed a claim for the money with the Drug Enforcement Agency in September.

Federal prosecutors filed the complaint for forfeiture this week.

The money was seized July 26 from Gray’s house in the 700 block of U.S. 80 in Upson County, though the property has a Culloden address.

According to the forfeiture complaint, the Upson County Narcotics Task Force had been investigating Gray for about three years after hearing reports that he was selling cocaine from the home.

The house is listed in county records with a value of $35,820. Officers found enough cash in and around the house -- $439,073.59 -- to buy the house a dozen times over.

According to the latest court filing, officers with Upson County, DEA, Taylor County and Spalding County executed a search warrant and reported finding about 5.8 ounces of cocaine along with scales and packing material.

They found money in a hall closet and more money inside a Coors Light coin bank in a bedroom.

In a white trailer behind the house, a drug dog alerted to narcotics near a Toro push lawn mower. Officers found “a substantial amount” of money in the lawn mower’s bag and more money in a Toyota Camry parked nearby.

The court filing said Gray was later arrested on charges that included conspiracy to commit a felony of trafficking cocaine by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and a charge of trafficking cocaine by the Upson County Sheriff’s Office.

The court filing says Gray has had no employment record with the state and isn’t currently working, leading prosecutors to believe the money was intended to be traded for drugs.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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