Drug suspect busted for half pound of meth
by Wes Mayer
A man was arrested Tuesday when investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office found about half a pound of methamphetamine in his possession.
During an investigation on the 100-block of Poplar Street in Newnan, authorities with the sheriff’s office’s Crime Suppression Unit determined a resident, Carlos Javier Ortiz-Aponte, 33, was selling methamphetamine out of his home, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Around 3:42 p.m., investigators went to the residence to talk to Ortiz-Aponte, and instead met with two small children.
According to Yarbrough, investigators talked with the children and were able to contact Ortiz-Aponte, who arrived at the residence. Ortiz-Aponte admitted to selling methamphetamine out of the home and allowed investigators to search the residence.
Inside, investigators found approximately half a pound of methamphetamine, Yarbrough said, and some was already packaged for sale. Investigators also found digital scales, other drug-related objects and a Glock 9mm pistol with two clips – one which could hold 30 rounds.
Due to the amount of methamphetamine, Ortiz-Aponte was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, Yarbrough said. He was also charged for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and transported to the Coweta County Jail.
According to various legal websites, any amount of methamphetamine weighing 28 grams or more is considered trafficking – half a pound is 226.8 grams. Any person found with a quantity of methamphetamine between 200 and 400 grams “shall be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison and shall pay a $300,000 fine,” according to the websites.