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NCSO arrests two men on drugs, weapons charges

Seven pounds of pot confiscated in arrest

COVINGTON — A Newton County man wanted on several warrants throughout metro Atlanta was arrested this week after authorities found a large quantity of drugs and weapons in his home.

According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cortney Morrison, members of the NCSO Special Investigation Unit, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, went to serve a warrant on Gregory Robert McConnell, 24, on Tuesday at his home at 3045 Ga. Highway 81 South. McConnell was wanted in Gwinnett, Fulton and DeKalb counties.

“As they were there, they notice 7 pounds of marijuana in plain view, along with several loaded firearms in plain view,” Morrison said.

Investigators secured a search warrant for his home and also found cocaine.

McConnell was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm while committing a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Morrison said the charge of possession of cocaine will be added this week.

Also arrested at the home was a woman who was living with McConnell, Jade Heggins, 24. She was charged with possession of cocaine and felony possession of marijuana.

In other news, an off-duty NCSO deputy recognized a man wanted in both Fulton and Newton counties driving in the area of Salem Road. According to Investigator Michael Cunningham, the deputy contacted the NCSO and deputies were able to pull him over near Kroger on Salem Road.

“Deputies searched the man’s vehicle and inside found a clear bag with suspected Ecstasy, a clear bag with suspected marijuana and a stolen weapon,” Cunningham said.

The weapon, a Smith & Wesson .40-cal. firearm, was reported stolen out of Rockdale County, he said.

Willie James Robinson Jr., 21, of 385 Creekview Blvd. in Covington, was arrested and charged with use of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.