Suspect arrested with cocaine in hand
by Wes Mayer
A man was arrested Saturday morning by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office authorities after he was subdued by deputies who found bags of cocaine in his hand.
Around 5:57 a.m., Coweta deputies were assisting Newnan Police Department officers with a traffic accident around the 600-block of Belt Road, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough of the sheriff’s office. While working the accident, family members of the two motorists involved arrived on scene and began to have a verbal argument with each other.
One man, Lewis Garnell Stegall, 33, was acting particularly aggressively to another man. According to Yarbrough, deputies were trying to hold the two men back, but when the other man turned to walk away, Stegall shoved him in the back. Deputy Brandon Harris then used his stun gun on Stegall, making him fall to the ground so deputies could handcuff him.
According to Yarbrough, during the altercation, Stegall had one hand balled up in a fist. When deputies went to handcuff him, it was discovered that he wasn’t only being aggressive, but he was holding onto six small bags of suspected crack cocaine.
Stegall was then not only charged with obstruction of officers, but with the possession/ manufacturing/ distribution of narcotics with intent to distribute as well. Stegall was transported to the Coweta County Jail.