Suspect arrested for selling pain pills to students

by Wes Mayer

A man suspected of selling prescription painkillers to high school students and others in Newnan was arrested by the Newnan Police Department drug unit.

Royce Watson, 60, was charged for the possession of Schedule III and IV narcotics with intent to distribute following his arrest on Jan. 16, said Sgt. Mark Cooper with the drug unit. Watson was booked into the Coweta County Jail on Jan. 16 and posted a $35,000 bail on Jan. 17.

According to Cooper, the drug unit spent a long time investigating the case after receiving multiple complaints from high school students’ parents over the course of a year. Investigators believe Watson was responsible for primarily selling painkillers to students at Newnan High School, and the drug unit worked with school resource officers to investigate the situation.

On Jan. 16, investigators served a search warrant at Watson’s home on Peachtree Street and found approximately 600 painkiller capsules such as Methadone and Hydrocodone that did not belong to Watson. All pills were seized along with around $2,000 in cash and two pistols, a revolver and a semi-automatic, Cooper said.

Two other men were also at the residence during the search, Cooper said, Tobias Dee Meswain, 30, and Jason Everett Huggins, 35. According to Cooper, investigators believe Huggins swallowed a pill he possibly just purchased from Watson before they arrived.

Meswain gave investigators a false name at first as well, so he was charged for that offense. Huggins was charged with obstruction and the attempt or conspiracy to purchase narcotics. All three were transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Because the case affected many families, Cooper said he would be happy to speak with anyone about the case. Cooper or Investigator Jeremy Wood with the drug unit may be reached by calling the Newnan Police Department at 770-254-2355.

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