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Couple arrested on drug charges by SIU
Third meth suspect arrested at home on outstanding warrants

COVINGTON - Two people were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute Thursday afternoon following a search by agents with the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit at a home on Newton Drive.

According to SIU Commander Lt. Philip Bradford, his unit had been getting complaints about one of the suspects, Shane Lee Crane, 33, for allegedly selling methamphetamine.

Bradford, who arrested Crane as recently as 2005 on drug charges, said that the suspect has an extensive criminal history.

Since a condition of his probation requires him to waive his Fourth Amendment rights, meaning that any probation or law enforcement officer can search him anywhere at any time with reasonable suspicion, Bradford said he, along with SIU Agents Shane Brown, Charlie Cook and Covington Police Officer Brent Fuesting, went to Crane's residence on Newton Drive and conducted a search.

Inside Crane's bedroom, which he reportedly shares with his girlfriend, identified as Stephanie Fuller Cox, 29, authorities found a substantial amount of methamphetamine, as well as numerous plastic bags that are commonly used for individual resale.

Authorities also found about a 1/2 ounce of marijuana. Bradford said that Crane, who according to the Georgia Department of Corrections' Web site, was released from jail just last spring, denied that the drugs were his.

"Just the fact that the drugs are in his house, he's in violation of probation," Bradford said.

In addition to the methamphetamine charges, both Cox and Crane have been charged with possession of marijuana.

Another woman at the residence, who reportedly had warrants out of Rockdale County, was also taken into custody.

"This case is kind of special. It shows how the system does work with repeat offenders, people that continuously do the same thing," Bradford said.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com