Heroin recovered in suspicous vehicle

CONYERS — A convenience store clerk, suspicious of two men who were hanging out in the parking lot around 3 in the morning, contacted authorities who discovered that the two suspects had heroin and other drugs.

According to Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Camp, the manager of the QuikTrip contacted the Sheriff’s Office after the two men had entered the store a couple times that night and then sat in their vehicle in the parking lot.

“The manager said the two just came in, walked around the store and then walked back out,” Camp said. “When the deputies arrived, they saw the two men sitting in a Ford Fusion in the parking lot.”

The deputy reported that as he approached the car, the two suspects were moving around inside as if they were attempting to hide something.

“The deputy noticed through the window that there was the top of a syringe in the lap of the driver,” Camp said.

The deputy asked the two men to get out of the vehicle, at which time he saw a number of syringes inside the car, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Both men were detained and the deputy searched the car. Inside he found 2.4 grams of heroin, 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and 1 gram of marijuana, Camp said.

The deputy also discovered pipes, a scale and multiple clear baggies.

The driver, Steven Lawrence Lagrand, 30, of 2455 Costley Mill Road was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of drug-related objects.

William Tyler James, 22, of 387 Spring Road in Covington, was also charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug-related objects, and purchase, possession, manufacture or distribution of drugs.