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Officer foot patrol at Bethel leads to arrest of armed felon


By Joe Johnson

A convicted felon was arrested last week when he reportedly was found with marijuana and a gun.

According to Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Shaun Barnett, officers were on foot patrol at Bethel Midtown Village at about 12:20 a.m. on Friday when they came upon an occupied vehicle in which there was marijuana in plain sight.

In addition to the weed, the officer said, a search of the vehicle turned up a Glock pistol.

One of the occupants, 20-year-old Joshua Lanier Campbell, was not legally allowed to have a weapon because he is a convicted felon.

He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a handgun by a person under 21.

In July 2021 Campbell was arrested and subsequently indicted on charges that he shot a gun at an occupied home. Superior Court records show that he struck a plea bargain with the DA’s office in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to 12 months in jail and seven months on probation.

As of Wednesday morning, Campbell was being detained at the county jail without bail being set

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