Police make drug busts at Covington motels

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department recently made several drug arrests at local motels after complaints of suspicious activity in the rooms.

According to a CPD incident report, officers were called to Motel 8 on Alcovy Road on Wednesday by an employee who reported that there were a lot of people in and out of a specific room, including several men who were not on the bill.

When officers went to the room, they reported speaking with the woman in whose name the room was registered -- Mary Bilbery, 27, of 11459 Ga. Highway 36, and two men who were also in the room. Bilbery told officers she had been staying in the room since March 20 and she paid cash for it every day.

After briefly searching the room, officers asked permission to search Bilbery's purse. She gave consent and told the officers she took both Xanax and Hydrocodone for pain.

"While looking in her purse I noticed that there were seven pill bottles," the report states. "Bilbery first stated that the bottles were hers, and as I was looking at the names on the bottles and only two had her name on them."

The officers reported that the Hydrocodone had Bilbery's name on it; however, the prescription had been filled two days previously for 120 pills and only 40 were left in the bottle. The bottle with Xanax was also in Bilbery's name and had been filled the same day, with only half of the pills remaining, according to the report.

"I asked Bilbery where does all these pills go and she stated she did not know," the report stated, adding there were five other bottles of pills with other names on them. Bilbery said she was "holding them for friends or her sister. The names ranged from Amanda Miller, Ashley Armistead, Margaret Foskey and Erin Hester. Two bottles contained Hydrocodone and the rest were Xanax, and consisted of 12, 18, 40, 91 and 100 pills that were filled within the past five days," according to the report.

Bilbery was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule III and Schedule IV drugs.

Also, CPD officers were called to America's Best Value Inn on Alcovy Road about 1:50 a.m. on Thursday by an employee who complained that two men had rented a particular room, but there were multiple people inside.

According to a CPD incident report, officers went to the room and even before the door was opened, smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the room.

The report stated officers knocked and a man opened the door and "immediately a large amount of smoke exited the room and the odor of burnt marijuana was over-powering."

Officers stated there were three men visible in the room and they asked if there were others there, and the men admitted there were two women hiding in the shower.

"When asked why five people were in the room designated for two, none of the individuals could produce an answer," the report states. "They were asked if they understood that only two people were supposed to be in the room to which they all admitted to officers they were aware. The room was registered to Martec Barkley, and he stated that he knew only two people were supposed to be in the room but some friends dropped by to hang out."

The five occupants of the room all admitted to smoking marijuana, but none of them would identify the owner of it. Two bags of "a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana" were turned over to the officers, as well as a "blunt roach found in an ashtray.

All five were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce and transported to the Newton County Detention Center. They are: Martec Anquinn Barkley, 18; Joseph Anthony Lee, 20; Alante Monrico Donnell, 20; Iris Lizeth Lopez, 20; and Laura Leticia Torres, 19.