Two suspected marijuana dealers arrested

by Wes Mayer

Newnan Police officers arrested two suspected drug dealers Sunday morning after they were stopped for running a stop sign.

Around 3:49 a.m., Officer Doug Jones with the Newnan Police Department observed a 1997 Black Honda Accord fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Peachtree and West Washington Street. Jones wrote in an incident report that, after pulling over the vehicle, the driver jumped out of the car and started to run away.

According to Jones, the driver, identified as Calvin Roberts, 36, didn’t make it very far and was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. During the chase, however, the passenger of the vehicle, later identified as Nathan Lamar McKiver, 25, also exited the car and began to walk up West Washington Street — he was later found by Officer Kyle LaChance and escorted back to the traffic stop.

While officers remained with the suspects, Officer Aaron Howard retraced the path of the foot chase and found a clear plastic bag containing 12 separate baggies of suspected marijuana, Jones reported. This bag was believed to belong to Roberts and fell out of his pockets during the chase.

Roberts was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction of officers and failure to stop at a stop sign — he also had a parole violation warrant out of Atlanta, Jones reported. McKiver was also placed under arrest for an active warrant out of Cobb County for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Both men were searched at the scene, and $2,304 in denominations typically used in drug transactions were found in Roberts’ possession — $183 were found in McKiver’s possession, according to Jones. Both were transported to the Coweta County Jail.

At the jail, during a more thorough search of McKiver, officers found a green plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana in his left shoe — a second baggie also fell out of his clothes onto the floor. McKiver was then additionally charged for crossing a guard line with a controlled substance, Jones said.

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