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Covington police arrest two on unrelated charges at same hotel

COVINGTON — Police were called to a local hotel to investigate possible drug activity and arrested two men on unrelated drug charges.

Just after midnight on Saturday, Covington Police officers were called to the America’s Best Value hotel on Alcovy Road in response to a suspected drug deal.

CPD Officer Hayward DeRouen entered the room where the drug deal was believed to be happening and encountered Jesse James Stapp, 37, of 23 Laurel St. in Porterdale. The officer asked Stapp if he had any weapons or illegal drugs.

“Mr. Stapp gave me a blank stare at first and then advised me that he had cocaine and meth on top of his TV stand and a crack pipe under his nightstand,” DeRouen stated in the report.

Stapp then admitted to the officer that he had been drinking and used crack and meth earlier in the day.

“Mr. Staff advised me that he was going through some things and it helped him not to stress about it, but understood he had done wrong,” the report states.

Stapp was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine.

CPD Officer Leigh Taylor had also arrived at the hotel to assist in the initial call of suspected drug activity when she detected the odor of burning marijuana and saw a man, later identified as Willie M. Lett, 24, of 1095 Ridge Ave., Covington, exit a room.

“Officer Taylor then asked Mr. Lett if he was responsible for the smell of marijuana in the area,” the report states. “Mr. Lett replied, ‘Yes, but I just smoked the last one,’”

Mr. Lett reportedly then gave the officer permission to enter his room and told officers that his girlfriend was “in the bed naked.”

During a search of the room, officers located rolled paper containing what was believed to be marijuana on a bedside table and a small plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine inside a shoe in a shoe box.

Lett was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.

In other news, the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and County Road 213 was shut down for a brief time Saturday afternoon while Georgia State Patrol officers worked the scene of a motor vehicle accident that sent one driver to the Newton County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to GSP trooper, Stephanie Keldie, 30, of 85 Mabry Farms Ct., was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck and traveling west on County Road 213. She attempted to turn left onto Ga. 36 when she struck a a 1986 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle traveling northbound, according to the GSP.

The 46-year-old driver of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle, the trooper reported.

The trooper said Christopher Blankenship, of 170 Pickens Road, Covington, complained of minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. He was charged with driving without insurance.

Keldie was charged with failure to yield , driving while license suspended, driving under the influence and possession of open container.