Houston & Peach

Houston County employee arrested on drug charges

WARNER ROBINS -- Two people, including a Houston County employee, were arrested Friday in connection with the distribution of a synthetic marijuana known on the street as Spice.

Durand Tyron Felder, 36, of Perry, an equipment operator for the county’s Department of Public Works, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a synthetic marijuana, possession of a prescription drug and failure to keep prescription drugs in original container.

Tradvious Donnie McIver, 30, of Perry, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a synthetic marijuana, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said the arrests follow an investigation into 25 to 30 reports of young people ranging in age from 16 to early 20s becoming sick and requiring the care of emergency medical workers. The reports came in during the past several weeks.

Several of those reports were tied to the use of the synthetic marijuana that was sprayed and mixed with unknown chemicals, Holland said.

Both Felder and McIver were being held Friday without bond at the Houston County jail.

The men were arrested after search warrants were executed at the same time at both of their homes early Friday morning.

Authorities recovered 164 packages of the synthetic marijuana with a street value of $82,200, Holland said. Also recovered were numerous bottles of unknown prescription drugs and $615 in cash.

The investigation was a joint effort by Houston County sheriff’s and Perry police narcotics investigators.

Symptoms exhibited in the cases that prompted the investigation include rambling, unsteadiness, sweating and lethargy.

Anyone with any related information is asked to call investigators at 478-922-1313, or 478-542-2085.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.