Police: Recycling Center Paid For Stolen Goods

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BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. - Deputies raided a recycling center in Butts County that they say served as a front for a drug operation and stolen metals.

Henry County police said they spent weeks working with the Butts County Sheriff's Office to investigate Core Copper Recycling on Bailey Street in Jackson.

SWAT teams armed with two search warrants raided the recycling center on Monday along with a home on Mackey Road.

Police told Channel 2's Jeff Dore they found marijuana plants, drugs, guns and several items that violated the metal theft law. Dore said police also found a stolen boat and beer kegs on the Bailey Street property. Police believed other scrap metal may be stolen too. Investigators said the owner did not keep records of who sold them copper cables, air conditions and other items.

During the raids police arrested Consolacion Williams, 55, and charged her with manufacturing marijuana. Carl Stephen Williams, 62, was charged with possession of marijuana, along with Cory Allen Dreher, 25. Two others were also arrested.

Police said Williams owned the home at Mackey Road and could face even more charges. Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope said since Core Copper Recycling opened the number of burglaries in the county had risen 30 percent.