Cocaine suspect attempts to stash pot in cop car
by Wes Mayer
A suspected cocaine trafficker got himself into even more trouble after attempting to stash marijuana in an officer’s patrol vehicle, authorities said.
Investigators with the Coweta County Crime Suppression Unit arrested Quinton Darrell Alexander, 26, around 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. CSU Sgt. Victor McPhie led the investigation for the past few weeks with the help of other agencies in Fulton County and the Newnan Police Department, Yarbrough said — Alexander has an address out of Fulton County but investigators learned he was selling cocaine out of a home on Roberts Road in Newnan.
According to Yarbrough, investigators obtained a warrant for Alexander’s arrest after a confidential informant made several purchases of cocaine from him at the Newnan residence. A sale of an ounce or more of cocaine is considered trafficking, Yarbrough said, and the informant purchased much more than one ounce.
On Saturday, McPhie and Deputy Brandon Thrower were patrolling the area around Fairmount Drive, and they found Alexander hanging around the Rush Foods convenience store at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Dodson Street, Yarbrough said.
According to Yarbrough, when Alexander saw the investigators, he ran inside — when investigators moved in to serve the warrant, they found Alexander attempting to hide marijuana from his pockets behind items on the store’s shelves. The investigators arrested Alexander for trafficking cocaine, searched him for any illegal materials and found a misdemeanor amount of marijuana still in his possession. Investigators also retrieved marijuana hidden around the store and some which Alexander had dropped on the floor.
Alexander was charged for trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana, Yarbrough said, and Officer Mike Condit with the Newnan Police Department transported him to the Coweta County Jail. According to Yarbrough, before entering the vehicle, Alexander was asked if he had any more marijuana in his possession, and he claimed he did not.
However, Alexander did indeed have more marijuana hidden in his pants, and he attempted to hide it in the back seat of Condit’s patrol vehicle on his way to jail, Yarbrough said. The marijuana was easily found after Condit reached the jail, and Alexander was additionally charged with a felony for crossing a guardline with drugs.