Tip leads to arrest for sale of meth

RCSO K9 helps track suspect in Walton County

CONYERS — A tip led to the arrest of a Conyers man on a charge of selling methamphetamine to an undercover investigator.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Michael Camp said that the Narcotics and Vice Division had received complaints that 27-year-old Larry Justin Atkins of 1765 Old Camp Trail was selling methamphetamine.

“Investigators made an undercover purchase (last) month, and from that took out an arrest warrant,” Camp said.

On Thursday, a patrol unit spotted Atkins on the road and pulled him over and arrested him on that warrant.

He was was charged with selling methamphetamine and was given a $20,000 bond.

In other news, RCSO’s K-9 Boeda helped track a man who had fled from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in late August.

The WCSO Narcotics Unit had been pursuing Christopher Bernard Thomas, 33, who led them on a car chase on the afternoon of Aug. 21. Thomas was also wanted on probation violation warrants out of Newton, Walton and Fulton counties, Cpl. Camp said.

At some point during the chase, Thomas abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. At one point, he allegedly attempted to break into a residence, but the homeowner called 911, so he ran off again.

“Several hours later, he was spotted near Ga. Highway 81 and Green Circle,” Camp said.

RCSO K-9 Boeda and Sgt. Robert Cooley with the Criminal Interdiction Unit, responded and tracked the suspect into the woods and then into a nearby pasture, where he was found hiding in high grass somewhere between U.S. Highway 78 and Ga. Highway 138, the RCSO reported.

Thomas, of 475 Baker Circle N.W. in Atlanta was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail where he was charged with obstruction, loitering and prowling, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude, failure to maintain lane and probation violation.