Covington police officer finds drugs on wanted man

Woman accused of shoplifting leads police on chase

COVINGTON — Sometimes police officers discover more than they initially suspect in the course of their jobs, as was the case in a number of instances this weekend in Covington.

On Friday evening, Covington Police Department Officer Scott Fairburn responded to a home on Flat Shoals Road where he suspected a man wanted by the Covington Police and Newton County Sheriff’s Office was staying.

When he arrived, the woman who was renting the home claimed that the wanted man, Quevas Antwon Reid of 10434 Dinah Pace Road in Covington, had been there the previous night but was no longer at the home.

Officer Fairburn reported he could smell a “strong odor of marijuana” from inside the residence, so he loudly announced that he was with the Covington Police Department and was looking for Quevas Reid.

“At that time, I could hear a noise from the back bedroom,” the officer stated in the incident report. “I asked (the renter) if anyone else was in the house and she stated, ‘No.’”

Fairburn made his way toward the back bedroom and again announced that he was with the Covington Police Department and was looking for Quevas Reid.

At that point, Reid came out of the bedroom and the officer placed him under arrest. Reid reportedly asked to retrieve his glasses and shoes from the bedroom. Fairburn said he could, but that he would follow him in the room.

“Reid’s glasses were on the night stand next to the bed and next to his glasses was a tin can containing marijuana,” Fairburn said.

After searching the room further, Fairburn reported finding two clear plastic bags of marijuana, a box of clear plastic bags and two scales in a blue bag placed inside a laundry basket. The officer also found two clear plastic bags of marijuana under the bathroom sink and a bag of marijuana in a nightstand drawer.

The 39-year-old Reid was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

On Saturday afternoon, CPD Officer Kara Hipps responded to a report that two women had been caught shoplifting at Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.

The two women, Jasman Loyal and Shanterria Hicks, had been seen hiding clothing and other items in a gray tote, according to the incident report. Loyal and Hicks were stopped by loss prevention associates as they attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, according to the report. Loyal stopped but Hicks got into her vehicle and drove away with about $304 worth of merchandise, the report states.

CPD Officer Chris Usiak was patrolling in the area and spotted Hicks’ black SUV in the Settlers Grove area. He attempted to pull Hicks over, but she refused to stop and even accelerated a high rate of speed in the residential area, Usiak reported.

Eventually Hicks pulled over and “Officer Usiak got Hicks out at gunpoint and instructed her to place her hands on her head,” the report states.

The officer discovered Hicks, 20, of 9230 Colony Drive N.W., Apt. B, in Covington was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on a felony parole warrant. She was charged with theft by shoplifting, driving on a suspended license, fleeing or attempting to elude.

Loyal, 22, of 240 Mills Creek Lane, who allegedly attempted to steal approximately $166 worth of merchandise, was charged with theft by shoplifting, her second offense.

Also on Friday evening, CPD officers Travis Pierce and Alex Laudermilk observed a car traveling along U.S. Highway 278 around 9:30 without headlights on.

They pulled the driver over in the Newton Plaza parking lot and as they were speaking with the driver, 20-year-old Kevis Bell, they smelled a “strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” the report states.

After searching the vehicle, they found a clear bag containing a “green leafy substance that smelled like marijuana” inside a makeup bag near the driver’s seat along with two cigar blunts.

Bell, of 6317 Avery St., reportedly admitted the marijuana belonged him. He was arrested and given a citation for violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.