Pubdate: Wed, 29 Dec 2004
Source: Anderson Independent-Mail (SC)
Copyright: 2004 Independent Publishing Company, a division of E.W. Scripps
Author: Heidi Cenac


CLARKESVILLE - Assistant district attorney Bob Cullifer has resigned
from the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office after
being arrested on drug charges in Coweta County last week.

Mr. Cullifer, 48, faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent
to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Grantville Police
Chief Jerry Ramos said Mr. Cullifer and his wife, Carol, 50, both were
arrested outside a convenience store around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The couple pulled into the parking lot and Mr. Cullifer went inside
while Mrs. Cullifer waited in the car. When the vehicle's alarm went
off accidentally, she was unable to turn it off and a police officer
came over to help, Mr. Ramos said.

The smell of marijuana in the car prompted further investigation,
which turned up a sandwich bag containing 29.6 grams of marijuana, a
black 35-mm film case containing marijuana and a pipe for smoking, he

Possessing more than 28 grams of the substance carries an automatic
intent to distribute charge, Mr. Ramos said, and the couple was booked
into the Coweta County jail.

"It looks bad," Chief Ramos said. "I'm just disappointed, I guess."

Mr. and Mrs. Cullifer each posted a $6,000 bond and were released
about 9 a.m. on Friday, according to Coweta County Sheriff's Office
officials. The couple is scheduled to appear in court March 16.

Mountain Circuit District Attorney Michael Crawford was unavailable
Monday to answer questions about adjustments in the office. The
circuit serves Stephens, Habersham and Rabun counties.
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