Police unit makes drug, alcohol busts in Newnan

by Wes Mayer

Investigators with the Newnan Police Department drug unit arrested a Newnan man suspected of distributing cocaine Wednesday. The drug unit also arrested three others in Newnan on Tuesday after searching a home suspected of illegally selling alcohol.

According to Sgt. Mark Cooper with the Newnan drug unit, on Wednesday night, investigators served a search warrant at the home of Luther Wilkes, 44, on Neal Street. Inside, investigators found Wilkes with his girlfriend, who was not a suspect in the investigation.

Wilkes, a convicted felon, told investigators exactly where they could find his drugs and a firearm he had in his possession, and the drug unit seized 22 individually packaged crack cocaine rocks and an older model revolver, Cooper said. Investigators continued their search of the residence, but no other illegal materials were found.

Wilkes took full responsibility for the suspected cocaine and the firearm, and his girlfriend was not arrested, officers said. Wilkes was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.

On Tuesday, investigators served a search warrant at 16 Pinson Street, a home believed to be acting as a place where people could purchase alcohol illegally, Cooper said. When investigators and officers arrived, they found the homeowner, Luvester Ann Evans, 34, and two others, Quinton K Heard, 31, and James Edward Warner, 43.

All three were arrested, Cooper said, and Warner resisted arrest and was tased by an officer. During the search, another officer was bit by a dog on the property, Cooper said, causing minor injuries. The dog was picked up by city Animal Control, and it is now in quarantine.

All three were charged for the possession of marijuana, Cooper said. Evans was also charged with disorderly house, Warner was charged for resisting arrest and Heard additionally had a warrant out for his arrest in DeKalb County.

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