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NCSO arrests three on drug charges after traffic stop

COVINGTON — After being pulled over on a routine traffic stop, the driver and a passenger were apparently willing to admit they had drugs.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cortney Morrison said that Deputy Matthew Holbrook noticed a gold-colored Lexus traveling at a high rate of speed on Cowan Road just before midnight on Oct. 5. Once the deputy got behind the vehicle, he noticed it slowed significantly to about 40 mph. Just about that time, the driver put on his right blinker and then crossed over the center line.

“When the deputy pulled him over and advised him why he pulled him over, the driver admitted he swerved over the center line because he threw a blunt (marijuana cigarette) out the window,” Morrison said.

The deputy believed the man was acting strangely while looking for his driver’s license, so he asked the man to step out of the vehicle.

“The deputy patted him down and felt what seemed to be a bag of marijuana. The deputy asked him if it was marijuana, and the suspect said, ‘Yeah,’” Morrison reported.

The deputy also found on the suspect a mint can that contained multiple individually wrapped bags of what appeared to be cocaine. A silver handgun that had been reported stolen out of DeKalb County was found inside the car.

Brenton Sherouis Champion, 27, of 1991 Marbut Forest Drive in Lithonia, was charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of arms by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit a crime and improper lane usage.

While Champion was being detained, another deputy had arrived on the scene and was speaking to the front seat passenger, 23-year-old Lashae Shantel Scott of 4787 Wyndom Drive in Stone Mountain.

“The passenger openly admitted to the other deputy on the scene that she had marijuana and Molly (a powdered or crystal form of Ecstasy) in her bra,” Morrison said.

Scott was charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Deputies searching the vehicle also found a blunt marijuana cigarette inside a handbag that was placed there by the backseat passenger.

The backseat passenger, Joslin Sherrell Wilson, 20, of 80 Cheyenne Drive in Covington, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

In other crime news, a Covington man was arrested on Oct. 4 for allegedly threatening to shoot his ex-fiance’s son.

According to NCSO Deputy Felicia Jefferson, the man’s ex-girlfriend brought her three children to help her move her belongings out of the house they had shared.

Jefferson said an argument began between the suspect, Billy James Clark, and the woman’s 17-year-old son. Soon the verbal altercation turned physical and the 17-year-old received a cut over his eye in the fight.

“The suspect told the victim, ‘I’m going to get my gun and pop a cap in you,’” Jefferson reported.

Clark, 52, 35 Ocheese Creek Ct. in Covington, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts, battery and three counts of cruelty to children in the third degree.