Newton County residents arrested in Conyers on drug charges

CONYERS — Three Newton County residents apparently decided to go on a joy ride into Conyers, only to find themselves sent to jail on drug and stolen vehicle charges.

Conyers Police Department Officer Spencer Holland noticed a green Chrysler Pacifica driving in a suspicious manner around 1 a.m. Friday in the area of Dogwood Drive. The officer turned his patrol vehicle around and followed the Pacifica into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn, where he saw that it had pulled into a parking space but with the engine running and the headlights on, according to the incident report.

When Holland ran the tag number of the vehicle, he discovered it had been reported stolen on Dec. 25 out of Newton County.

The officer stated in the report that he circled the building and then pulled up next to the Pacifica that now had its headlights turned off.

“The driver window rolled down and I observed a female, identified as Crystal Ostrander, leaning forward toward the steering wheel,” Holland reported.

The officer ordered all four occupants of the car to stick their hands out the windows. Once backup patrols arrived, Holland asked the suspects to get out of the vehicle.

The driver, Ostrander, admitted to one of the CPD officers that “she had contraband hidden in her pants,” the incident report states.

The officer searched Ostrander and found three unused syringes and “a black plastic box with a green top and electrical tape around the base, down the front of her tight-fitted blue jeans,” the report states.

Inside the box, officers found separate plastic bags containing approximately 4 grams of marijuana, 11 grams of methamphetamine and 11 Xanax bars. When she was later transported to the Rockdale County Jail, jail staff also found more methamphetamine hidden in her bra, the report states.

Jason Heath Mitchell of Oxford, who was a backseat passenger, said he panicked when he saw the CPD officer and shoved the drugs into the waistband of her pants, according to the report.

Officers also found a digital scale on one of the passengers and a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue inside the car.

When officers contacted the owner of the stolen car, who was Ostrander’s former fiance, he said he knew she had been driving the car, but told her he planned to report it stolen if she didn’t return it, the report states.

Police arrested Ostrander, 27, of 60 Meadow Wood Drive in Covington, and charged her with possession and use of drug-related objects; sale, distribution or possession of dangerous drugs; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; and theft by receiving stolen property.

Mitchell, 37, of 240 Carole Drive in Oxford, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession and use of drug-related objects; and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.

Another passenger in the car, Bobby Shane Strange, 35, of 799 Cowan Road in Covington, was also charged with possession and use of drug-related objects.