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Madison Co. couple arrested in Athens with drugs, gun and children in car


Heaven Rucker
Mayati Davante Rucker

By Joe Johnson

A couple from Madison County reportedly were arrested in Athens this week when police found drugs and a gun in their car while their young children were with them.

Mayati Davante Rucker, 30, and Heaven Rucker, 26, both of Pine Avenue in Comer, were each charged with three counts of second-degree cruelty to children, and single counts of conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Mayati Rucker was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to State and Superior Court records, he has a history of felony and misdemeanor convictions dating to 2010, when he had an address on Sayemore Drive in Athens.

The Ruckers were arrested on Wednesday outside of Sam’s Club on Atlanta Highway as the result of an investigation by the Northeast Georgia Drug Task Force, according to Lt. Jody Thompson, public information officer for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

“Officers made contact with them in the parking lot and a quantity of cocaine and a firearm were located in the vehicle. During this time, three small children were in the car," he said Friday morning, explaining he was able to summarize the arrests from 911/dispatch notes.

Thompson said that he was unable to provide further information because the incident report had yet to be approved for public release.

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No comment. The woman was released on bond. They dropped the cruelty to children charges against her. She was probably afraid of him. Now she can relax until she has court.

All men are not bad. However, understanding her may be difficult due to this arrest. Praying for her family now would be better than criticizing her. All they need is love at this time. If you were in her shoes, would you argue with an armed Drug Pusher? Maybe she was being abused in multiple ways.


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Ah!!! You gotta LUV that Madison County trailer park LUVIN’!!!

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Izzy Mendalbaum
Izzy Mendalbaum
Sep 08, 2023

. Don’t this make you proud? Selling drugs to provide money for the children’s college fund.

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They both look like they did hard-time at a Golden Corral.

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18 years from now we will be lamenting on how the system failed the Rucker offspring.

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Because people think our tax dollars shouldn’t be helping children in these situations. Somehow it’s their fault? Sit down if you’re not helping be a part of the solution.

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