Fire leads to marijuana arrests

by Wes Mayer

Newnan Police officers arrested four people Tuesday night after investigating a foul-smelling fire.

Around 9:25 p.m. Investigator Jeremy Wood and Sergeant Mark Cooper with the Newnan Police Department were patrolling the area of Spring Street and Wheat Street and came upon a large amount of smoke smelling like burning plastic or rubber. According to Wood’s report, the two located the fire behind 5 Wheat St., and it was burning very close to a vacant home.

Officers first saw and spoke with Tamarcus Jarrell Keith, 17, who was standing in front of a green passenger car beside the fire. Keith was asked by Cooper if it was his fire, and Keith said it was not. Shortly afterward, a woman, Willena Dornisha Tucker, 24, and a man, Timothy Marquis Glass, 18, walked into the backyard from another fire on the side of the home. Tucker claimed the fires were hers.

Officers told Tucker to extinguish the fires because they were endangering the vacant home. When she went to retrieve a hose, Wood noticed three bags of suspected marijuana and a digital scale sitting on the hood of the green car. All three suspects denied possession of the marijuana, but Wood and Cooper placed Keith and Glass in handcuffs and charged them with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Tucker was told to continue putting out the fires, but because of their size and heat, the water evaporated instantly. The Newnan Fire Department was called to extinguish the fires and Tucker was placed in handcuffs as well.

When the fire department personnel extinguished the fire and officers were preparing to transport Keith, Glass and Tucker to the county jail, a fourth man, Kayvas Jawilliams Traylor, 28, approached officers and said the marijuana was his. Investigators believed Traylor was attempting to claim the charges on his girlfriend, Tucker, and he too was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.



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