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Deputies arrest two on drug, weapon charges at midnight basketball

COVINGTON — Two people were arrested last weekend during a game of midnight basketball for allegedly having drugs and a gun at a local elementary school.

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling the area near Fairview Elementary School around 1 a.m. Saturday when they noticed several cars in the parking lot and the school’s gym was open. While they were checking the parking lot, the deputies looked inside one of the vehicles and saw a small pistol lying on the center console, said NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander.

“There were about 25 to 30 guys playing basketball and, as it turned out, they had permission to be there,” Alexander said. “One of the men was the P.E. teacher from the school and said he had permission from the principal to play ball.”

Alexander said the deputies learned that 17-year-old Kenneth Alvin Glover, of 140 Lake Lucinda Drive, was the owner of the car where the gun was seen.

“They got Glover to come outside and asked about the gun. He denied it was his gun and said it belonged to his friend who rode with him to play basketball,” Alexander said.

Deputies then asked Glover’s friend, Demarco Montez Jackson, 20, of 2605 Santa Fe Ct., in Conyers, to step outside.

“Mr. Jackson said it wasn’t his gun, it was Kenneth’s,” Alexander said.

The two men were then arrested.

Glover gave deputies permission to search his car, and inside they found a small amount of marijuana and a tobacco grinder.

Glover was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 18, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a weapon in a school safety zone.

Jackson was also charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a weapon in a school safety zone.