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Ex-girlfriend tips off deputies to man wanted in Covington

CONYERS — It’s been said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and whether or not this woman was in fact scorned, she made sure law enforcement knew her ex-boyfriend was a wanted man.

The woman flagged down a deputy with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office around 2 a.m. Sunday in the Starbucks parking lot on Ga. Highway 138 and told him that her ex-boyfriend had active warrants for his arrest and that he was at Waffle House near Honey Creek.

“She further stated that the subject was ‘strung out on narcotics,” Deputy Lawrence Reed reported in the incident report.

The woman did not want to give her name, but told the deputy the name and birthdate of her ex-boyfriend. The deputy was able to pull up a photograph and physical description of the man, who had previously been in the Rockdale County Jail.

The deputy then went to the Waffle House on NorTec Drive and found the suspect, Thomas Lee Barnes, sitting at the counter of the restaurant.

“I asked Barnes for his Georgia drivers license and he provided it to me. Barnes also stated, ‘I think I have warrants’ or words to that effect,” Reed stated.

While Barnes finished his meal, the deputy checked his name and address through dispatch and learned that the man was wanted in the city of Covington for failure to appear on a shoplifting charge.

The deputy placed Barnes, 29, under arrest and walked him outside the restaurant. While searching him, Reed found crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe with residue on it inside a cigarette pack in Barnes’ pants pocket.

Barnes, of 4310 Ga. Highway 212 in Covington, was transported to the Rockdale County Jail and charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug-related objects.

In other news, deputies at the jail conducting a search of an Atlanta man arrested for allegedly having marijuana in his car found methamphetamine the suspect had apparently hidden in his body.

Sometime around 3 p.m. Friday, a deputy patrolling Interstate 20 near West Avenue noticed a silver Chrysler 300 weaving on the roadway, so he pulled over the driver.

While speaking with the driver, he noticed the smell of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

The deputy asked both the driver and the front seat passenger to step out of the car and then he searched the vehicle.

About halfway under the front passenger seat, the deputy noticed a clear plastic container.

“I removed the lid from the container and discovered a large clear plastic bag containing 31 grams of raw marijuana and a digital scale,” the deputy reported.

The passenger, 21-year-old Chad Alexander Collins of 1212 James Jackson Parkway in Atlanta, claimed ownership of the drugs, the report states.

Collins was placed under arrest and transported to the Rockdale County Jail.

“After Collins was released to jail staff, (a deputy) conducted a search of Collins’ person, at which point he discovered several shards of suspected crystal meth,” the report states.

Collins was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.