GRAND JURY: Accused seller of pot-laced treats indicted

Addae Simmons

The Douglas County Grand Jury returned indictments in 22 cases on Feb. 16, including child molestation, aggravated assault, and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.

Addae Simmons, 20, was indicted for two counts of violating the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and illegal use of communication facilities. On Oct. 25 and Dec. 5, Simmons possessed Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with intent to distribute, according to the indictment.

Simmons is the self-proclaimed CEO of "Trill Treats," the Instagram page that authorities say targeted over 4,000 high school students in the metro Atlanta area by selling marijuana-edible sweets. He had a group of people selling the snacks for him at a list of targeted high schools, including Douglas County High School, according to Assistant District Attorney David Emadi. Simmons pocketed $5,000 a month with the operation, Emadi said.

Simmons was arrested on Dec. 5 in the Walmart parking lot off of Highway 5 after selling Rice Krispie treats to undercover Douglasville police officers, according to Maj. J.R. Davidson. He ended up spending his 20th birthday behind bars in the Douglas County Jail on Jan. 18. Superior Court Judge Cynthia Adams granted Simmons a $30,000 bond on Jan. 24 after his defense attorney, Tawanna Morgan, argued that he is a minor with no prior criminal history. Adams also ordered him to stay out of Douglas County with the exception of making court appearances.

The high that comes from edibles usually doesn't hit the user as fast as a high from smoking marijuana does. Due to its THC level, those who use edibles typically eat a small portion of the snack, as opposed to eating regular snacks. Levy Pongi was 19 at the time he jumped to his death in 2015 in Colorado after consuming six times the recommended amount of THC in a marijuana cookie, according to a CBS news report.

"Parents need to be aware of what's out there and aware of their kids purchasing things like that or taking things like that from friends and other people," Davidson previously told the Sentinel. "They just need to be aware that it does exist. Be cautious of things that are being taken like edibles, brownies, and treats that are coming from people that you don't know."

John Mulkey, 48, was indicted for child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. Mulkey molested a child under the age of 16 on Argyll Drive in Douglasville between the dates of August 1, 2014, and January 1, 2015, according to the indictment. He was arrested on Jan. 12.

Danny Flippin, 69, was indicted for aggravated assault after pointing a Lorcin .380 automatic pistol at Jason Puszkar on Dec. 13 on Whisper Trail in Douglasville.

Other indictments handed down by the jury include:

• Michael Rice, Crystal Maner, Mario Gomez and Misty West, on charges of Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.

• Michael Kilgore, on charges of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.

• Chad Nelson, on charges of Crossing Guard Lines with Drugs.

• Anthony Ray Foster, on charges of Felony Fleeing.

• Jessie Lee Coffman, on charges of Possession of Cocaine, etc.

• Jefferey Thomas Willard, on charges of Theft by Receiving.

• Asael Pichardo Hernandez, on charges of Aggravated Assault.

• Paldes Gilliam, on charges of Aggravated Assault.

• Danielle Rose, on charges of Criminal Damage to Property in the Second.

• Ian Maxey, on charges of Criminal Damage in the Second.

• William Fred Douglas, on charges of Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.

• Chancie Thompson, on charges of Cruelty to Children.

• Xavier Marble, on charges of Family Violence Battery.

• Joshua Mitchell, on charges of Aggravated Assault.

• Ryan Williams, on charges of Aggravated Battery.

• Justin Wright, on charges of Crossing Guard Lines.

• Johnathen Rosboro, on charges of Aggravated Assault.

• Edna Simpkins, on charges of Trafficking Illegal Drugs.

• Juan Guardado, on charges of Armed Robbery, etc.

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