Woman dealing meth out of her home one of Coweta's weekend drug arrestsBy JOHN A. WINTERS
A woman dealing methamphetamine out of her house where she lived with three small children and a couple out on bond for drug charges were among the drug arrests made over the weekend by Coweta County authorities.
April Nicole Winkles, 31, was charged with two counts of sale of meth, possession of meth with intent and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Major Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.
The major said investigators were "quite familiar" with the residence, as Winkles' father currently is in jail for trafficking meth out of the same house.
Authorities confiscated 37 grams of meth packaged for sale, as well as digital scales and more than $1,000, Yarbrough said. Her three small children were taken by the Department of Family and Children's Services.
In another arrest, Coweta Deputies Mike Henson and Jeff Adams noticed a vehicle in the parking lot of Faith Lutheran Church off Fischer Road about 2 a.m. Friday. Standing outside the car were Jessica Melissa Lopez, 34, and Brett Tyler Brown, 26.
"They didn't think there was a church service going on at that time and went over to talk to them," Yarbrough said. A check showed both had suspended licenses and a search of the vehicle turned up a pipe and several bags of crystal meth packaged for sale.
Lopez and Brown each were charged with possession of meth with intent, according to Coweta County Jail records. The two were out on bond on the exact same charges from an arrest earlier this year, the major said
Also, an Austell, Georgia man was arrested on various drug charges, including possession of the party drug known as ecstasy, after being stopped for speeding.
Besides the drug charges of possession of marijuana with intent and possession of narcotics, 24-year-old Zadrian Daniel Gibson also was charged possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and speeding, according to jail records.
Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Bugg pulled Gibson over on Friday for speeding on southbound Interstate 85 near the 36-mile marker, according to Yarbrough.
During a search, Bugg found two and a half ounces of marijuana, as well as a container with 34 pills of MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Bugg also found a handgun, the major said.