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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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that's weird, he was selling drugs and had a gun. Explain why the war on drugs is bad again?


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Buildings don't commit crimes. Firearms don't commit crimes.

People commit crimes.

If one Tears down the Bethel homes, which probably is a good idea, where are these people going?

The criminal activity will move to new locations and young Campbell ( who will be on the streets soon enough) will find his customers.

The cycle of the Great Society is going to be hard to break.

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I bet if Bethel Village was a gun free zone he would have obeyed that law!

See, it is so simple....

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Unknown member
Apr 26, 2023

He shot a gun at an occupied home and the ufcking DA gave him a plea deal... Remove Gonzales now!

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Wj Smith
Wj Smith
Apr 26, 2023

Another good example of why this entire complex should be razed to the ground.


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