SNELLVILLE, Ga. – Drugs and guns were found in a basement where a day care facility was being run in Gwinnett County, police said.
According to Gwinnett County Police, officers got a tip that drugs were being sold at a home on Ashington Drive in unincorporated Snellville. Around 11 p.m. on Thursday, officers pulled over a driver who had just left house. Police said they found cocaine inside the vehicle.
Officers arrested 41-year-old Jimmy Simpkins and obtained a search warrant for the house.
After searching the house early Friday, police said they found several guns, cash, counterfeit money, drugs and packing material. Two men – 20-year-old Eric Zavare Ray and 39-year-old Joseph Simpkins – were arrested.
During the investigation, police discovered that a resident of the house was operating a day care facility in the home’s basement. Much of the contraband was found from rooms next to the day care room, police said.
The operator of the daycare, 27-year-old Knishasa Ray, cared for four to six children daily in the basement. She’s facing reckless conduct charges, but has not been charged in connection to the drugs or weapons. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Bright from the Start, the agency responsible for child care and education needs of children in Georgia, will investigate the day care.
A neighbor told 11Alive’s Jeremy Campbell that she thought it was a 24-hour daycare because they saw people coming and going from the house at all hours of the day.
Jimmy Simpkins is charged with driving on a suspended license, tag light violation, and possession of a controlled substance.
Joseph Simpkins is charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving firearm, forgery second degree, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects.
Eric Zavare Ray is charged with possession with intent to distribute, theft by receiving firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects.