Newton Co. home found with guns, stolen cars
A residence at 505 Idlewood Drive was discovered to have multiple guns, multiple stolen cars and enough drugs to cause the Newton County Sheriff ’s Office to charge its owners with intent to distribute Saturday.
A NCSO deputy was patrolling the area of Hwy. 36 near Hwy. 212 at around 3:30 p.m. when they spotted a male operating his motorcycle with a break light not functioning. According to reports, after pulling the driver over in the parking lot of the Potts Store the deputy not only determined that the driver did not have a motorcycle license but also that he had methamphetamine in a pill container in his jacket.
After a warrant was obtained the deputy then searched the home of the driver, identified as 47-year old Steven Foster.
“They found multiple guns, located stolen property, multiple stolen vehicles and multiple pieces of lawn equipment,” said NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.
Steven’s wife, Vicki Foster, 52, was at the home at
the time and was also charged with possession. Morrison said Vicki Foster also had a firearm “in her control,” located in the same room as her.
Morrison said additional methamphetamine was found, but there was no lab located on the premises.
“Do we see this amount of drugs all the time? No,” Morrison said describing the quantity of drugs at the residence. “But is it the first time we’ve seen this much? No.”
The case is still under investigation, with multiple jurisdictions involved due to the fact that some of the stolen property was from other counties.
Steven Foster was charged with theft by receiving stolen property; owning, operating or conducting a chop shop, possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit a crime; trafficking in cocaine; illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine; driving without a valid license; no proof of insurance; and knowingly driving a motor vehicle on suspended, canceled or revoked registration.
Vickie Foster was charged with possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit crime; owning, operating or conducting a chop shop; theft by receiving stolen property; trafficking in illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine; receipt and possession or transfer of firearm by convicted felon.
“It all stems from a traffic stop [that] ballooned into other crimes,” Morrison said. “It goes to show you being proactive with traffic control and traffic enforcement leads to the other activities also.”