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Salem man charged with drug possession

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Staff Writer

A Salem man charged with burglarizing two area churches in August is facing additional drug charges in Fulton County.

Joseph M. Barr, 18, was arrested Sept. 29 and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, a class Y felony; and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a class C felony.

Barr was arrested Aug. 31 after the Salem Police Department was informed that Barr was selling drugs.

Salem Police Chief Al Roork said he and Fulton County Sheriff's deputy Carroll Traw found five plastic bags containing marijuana and one bag containing methamphetamine inside his pickup truck during a traffic stop in Salem.

According to an affidavit released by the Fulton County Clerks Office, Barr admitted that he intended to sell the drugs found in his truck.

Barr was already facing felony commercial burglary charges stemming from a June 24 break-in at Immanuel Baptist Church in Salem and a July 12 break-in at First Assembly of God Church July 12.

Sixteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said the charges against Barr were more severe because he traveled out of state after being released on bond in September.

Fulton County Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver set Barr's bond at $50,000.

Russell said Barr posted bond Sept. 28 but was returned several hours later after the bail bondsman determined Barr was a flight risk.

Barr's trial date for his drug charges had not been determined as of press time.

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