Odd ac­tions be­fore po­lice chief lead to jail time

The Covington News - - Local - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

A 28-year-old Lo­ganville man started the year off with an ar­rest on mul­ti­ple drug charges af­ter his ac­tions in a gas sta­tion park­ing lot drew the at­ten­tion of Cov­ing­ton Chief of Po­lice Stacey Cot­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment re­ports, Cot­ton saw two men ex­chang­ing money and what ap­peared to be some sort of item in the Quick Trip park­ing lot. He re­port­edly made con­tact with the two men and called of­fi­cers.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they asked one of the men, Ge­orge Dou­glas Ashley, if he had any weapons. He re­port­edly told them he kept a ra­zor knife in his pocket and told of­fi­cers they could re­move it. Of­fi­cers searched for the knife, but in­stead found that Ashley had a pocket full of pills, ap­par­ently hy­dra­codone.

Ashley re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that he had a pre­scrip­tion for the pills due to a work in­jury, say­ing, “I al­ways have pills, be­cause I’m al­ways get­ting hurt at work.”

When told that pre­scrip­tion pills had to be kept in orig­i­nal con­tain­ers, Ashley al­legedly said that the con­tainer was too big, so he put “a hand­ful in my pocket at a time.” He also re­port­edly said he had a pre­scrip­tion for Xanax and that there were two pills in his car.

Of­fi­cers spoke with the other man, whom Cot­ton had seen ex­chang­ing money with Ashley. Ashley told of­fi­cers he had been pick­ing that man up to give him a ride to his home in Lo­ganville and that the man had re­ceived a ride to the gas sta­tion from a woman who was also on the scene. Ashley al­legedly said that the other man had wanted money to give to the woman for gas and that he had given him some cash.

The woman said that all three of them were go­ing to a club in Cony­ers. The other man ver­i­fied the money was for gas and that he had no knowl­edge of any pills in Ashley’s ve­hi­cle. Of­fi­cers asked to search both ve­hi­cles and were given per­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The fe­male’s ve­hi­cle and the male’s pock­ets yielded no il­le­gal con­tra­band, and they were al­lowed to leave.

Of­fi­cers searched Ashley’s ve­hi­cle and the glove box found a vi­ta­min bot­tle with three Hy­dra­codone tablets mixed in with the vi­ta­mins.

Ashley was ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of Sched­ule II drugs and drugs not in their orig­i­nal con­tainer, and trans­ported to the Newton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. Once at the jail, Ashley was searched and a Xanax was found in the bot­tom of his pants pocket, giv­ing him an ad­di­tional charge of pos­ses­sion of Sched­ule IV drugs.

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