SIU ar­rests three on pos­ses­sion charges af­ter Thurs­day search

Cov­ing­ton home used as al­leged base

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit agents ar­rested and charged a New­ton County cou­ple with pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamines with in­tent to dis­trib­ute on Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about their drug sell­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Shane Crane, 33, and his girl­friend Stephanie Cox, 29, were also charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than an ounce and vi­o­la­tion of the Ge­or­gia Con­trolled Sub­stances Act, af­ter a search of their New­ton Drive res­i­dence turned up a “sub­stan­tial amount” of metham­phetamines and a half ounce of mar­i­juana in their bed­room, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Philip Brad­ford, SIU com­man­der.

Brad­ford said his unit re­ceived many calls about Crane’s drug deal­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the neigh­bor­hood -- an older, es­tab­lished place with­out a lot of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Brad­ford was familiar with

Crane from pre­vi­ous run-ins and con­firmed with Crane’s pa­role of­fi­cer that he was un­der high risk su­per­vi­sion and waived his Fourth Amend­ment rights. This meant he could be searched any­time as long as there was rea­son­able sus­pi­cion. Peo­ple on pa­role or pro­ba­tion for nar­cotics charges typ­i­cally waive their Fourth Amend­ment rights, said Brad­ford.

When SIU agents and Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Brent Fuest­ing ar­rived at Crane’s house, the cou­ple and an­other fe­male as­so­ci­ate gave no re­sis­tance, said Brad­ford.

“This shows howthe sys­tem can work if used prop­erly against th­ese re­peat of­fend­ers,” said Brad­ford.

Crane has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory stretch­ing back to at least 1993 and­was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced for rob­bery in Clay­ton County, pos­ses­sion of co­caine and other drugs in New­ton County and pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine in Rock­dale County. He was in­car­cer­ated un­til May last year, ac­cord­ing to his record on the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tion­sWeb site.

Brad­ford said he had not heard com­plaints about Cox.

“Ev­ery­body kept call­ing about Shane Crane,” said Brad­ford, “but she had knowl­edge of (the drugs). In the state of Ge­or­gia, knowl­edge is pos­ses­sion.”

He said his unit will of­ten get many calls about smaller deal­ers like Crane who are eas­ier to no­tice be­cause they have more traf­fic go­ing in and out of their res­i­dence. Big­ger level ven­dors who deal with larger amounts of drugs are harder to spot be­cause they have less traf­fic, said Brad­ford.


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