NCSO makes drug arrests during traffic stops

COVINGTON — A driver trying to find a WiFi signal at an intersection was arrested when the Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered drugs in his truck.

Sometime around 1 a.m. Friday, an NCSO deputy pulled over a black and silver Chevrolet GMT 400 that matched the description of a suspicious vehicle that had been called in near the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and South Johnson Street in Newborn.

“The deputy saw the vehicle stopped at the intersection and observed two males wearing jackets with hoods in the car,” said Deputy Cortney Morrison. “When the deputy approached the vehicle, he observed a black laptop on the driver’s lap. The driver said he was looking for WiFi.”

The deputy asked both men, John Wesley Davis, 39, of 123 North Porter St. in Newborn, and Scotty Eugene Bryant, 50, of 142 North Porter St. in Newborn, to step out of the truck.

When the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, the driver said he didn’t think so; however, he did not consent to let the deputy search the truck, Morrison said.

“At that point, the deputies called a K9 unit to come out and the K9 hit on the car, so the deputies searched the vehicle,” Morrison said.

She said during the search, deputies found several electronic devices, an assortment of tools and a BB gun under the driver’s seat.

“They also found a glass pipe and next to the glass pipe was an M&M Minis container. Inside that was a small bag with a crystal-like substance thought to be methamphetamine, along with an unknown peach-colored pill and another pipe,” Morrison said.

She said neither Davis nor Bryant claimed ownership of the contraband. They were both arrested and charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of Schedule II drugs. Davis was also charged with driving with no insurance.

In other news, a 51-year-old Covington woman was arrested last week on a charge of possession of methamphetamine after a deputy pulled her over for speeding.

The deputy reported that a 1988 Mercedes Benz was traveling 75 mph in a 50 mph zone in the area of Campbell Road Wednesday morning.

“When the deputy explained why he pulled her over, the deputy observed she was acting very nervously and was visibly shaking,” Morrison said.

The woman, Vickie Lee Foster of 505 Idelwood Drive, allegedly told the deputy he could search her car. The deputy then saw Foster’s purse in the center console, so he asked for consent to search that as well, Morrison said.

“Again she consented, and inside he located several pieces of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine located in a metal container inside her purse,” Morrison said.

Foster was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and speeding.