Two arrested by NPD for cocaine
by Wes Mayer
A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday night after cocaine, scales, packaging materials and a firearm were discovered in their home, according to Newnan Police officers.
The illegal materials were discovered during a warrant search in the pair’s residence on 38 ½ Ray St., said Sgt. Mark Cooper with the Newnan Police Department. After receiving multiple citizen complaints of suspected drug deals taking place in the residence, officers from the police department’s Drug Task Force and patrol unit teamed up with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit to search the home around 8:30 p.m.
The two suspects, Nicholas Orlando Cook, 30, and Shakira Arlanda Washington, 22, were taken into custody during the search, Cooper said. Cooper believes most of their cocaine was flushed down the toilet as officers initiated the search, but trace amounts of cocaine along with measuring scales and packaging materials were still found lying around inside the home, he said. A semi-automatic pistol was also discovered inside the home.
The two were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Cooper said. Cook, having previous run-ins with the law, was additionally charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, he said. The two were transported to the Coweta County Jail for booking.
During a more thorough investigation, a small amount of marijuana was discovered in Washington’s possession — in an area where the initial pat down at the scene would not have searched, Cooper said. Washington was additionally charged with possession of marijuana and crossing a guard line with illegal drugs.