COVINGTON -- Two 16-year-old males were arrested on drug charges after they were caught in a school parking lot with several packages of suspected marijuana in their car.
According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison, a deputy was patrolling in the area of Alcovy High School at about 8 a.m. Thursday when he turned onto Stewart Hollow Lane. At the same time, a car occupied by two males was turning out onto Ga. Highway 36. The driver of the car was not wearing a seatbelt, Morrison said.
The suspects turned into the parking lot of Alcovy High School, and the deputy executed a traffic stop. Morrison said when the deputy approached the vehicle he detected a strong odor of marijuana and observed that the driver and passenger exhibited signs of marijuana influence.
Under questioning by the deputy, the driver allegedly admitted that there was marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the car revealed several individual packages of suspected marijuana in the pouch on the back of the front passenger seat, Morrison said.
One of the suspects was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; the driver of the car was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a seatbelt violation.
The suspects were not identified due to their status as juveniles.
In other crime news, the NCSO is investigating an incident in which a woman's adult male friend was found in the bedroom with her 14-year-old daughter.
According to Morrison, the woman, who lives in Arbor Lake apartments on Kirkland Road, called the NCSO after she awoke early Thursday morning and found the man in her daughter's bedroom.
The woman told police the friend had been over visiting the night before and the two had had some drinks, Morrison said. The woman reportedly allowed the man to sleep on the sofa. However, when she awoke the next morning he was no longer on the sofa, Morrison said. The woman reportedly went to check on her daughter and found the two in her daughter's bedroom partially clothed.
Morrison said no charges have been filed in the incident pending further investigation.