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Police find meth on man hiding in closet

COVINGTON — A Covington man who had an active warrant for violating his probation will also have to face drug charges as well after he allegedly tried hiding from police under clothes in a closet.

Covington police learned that 20-year-old Christopher Kyle Bell, who had an outstanding warrant out of Newton County, was at a home on Elizabeth Street. When they went to the home just before 1 p.m. Monday, they spoke with Bell’s mother, who confirmed that he was inside, according to the incident report.

Officers entered the home and Bell’s mother began walking toward a bedroom, repeatedly calling his name, but he did not answer or come out of any room. She then led officers into the bedroom where she said Bell was located.

“The female opened the closet door in the bedroom and I could see someone’s shoulder. The individual was covered in clothes attempting to hide from officers,” reported Covington Police Department Officer Daniel Digby.

The officer told Bell to raise his hand and when he stuck his hands in the air, Officer Digby pulled him from the closet and placed him under arrest.

While searching Bell’s pockets, officers found a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue as well as a small clear plastic bag that contained residue from methamphetamine. Officers also found a cigarette box inside that closet that contained a clear bag of methamphetamine.

“When asked about the cigarette box, Bell stated that it was his and the meth was also his,” the incident report states.

Bell was then transported to the Newton County Detention Center and was charged with probation violation and possession of methamphetamine.