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Family arrested after drug, moonshine raid

To most of the neighbors along Salter Road in Pooler, the Fowlers seemed like the typical family.

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They say Martha Fowler was a school bus driver and worked at the Pooler Walmart.

Donald Fowler was an automotive mechanic who worked from home neighbors thought.

And their son Donald James also repaired cars. Now all three family members face drug charges.

"They just seemed like regular old folks," neighbor David Collins said.

But police say the family was anything but regular.

When the Chatham County Narcotics Team and Pooler Police raided their home, they say they found thousands of prescription pills, over thirty guns, moonshine, and over $100,000 in cash hidden in secret compartments.

"This man would do anything to turn an illegal dollar," CNT Director Everett Ragan said.

Police say there was even a casino in an old school bus in the backyard.

They say the family made most of their money by selling prescription pills.

One friend of the family didn't want his identity revealed, but said the illegal operation was going on for years.

"They charged $30 for thirty pills," he said.

The man says the Fowlers would send their drug mules to doctors as far away as Florida.

"They would send people to the doctor which cost about $300. That's why they had so much cash on hand," he said.

Police say they had an advanced surveillance system of security cameras around the house.

They say more arrests are expected.

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