Suspect arrested with more than pound of meth

by Wes Mayer

A man was arrested Saturday after a deputy with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office discovered he was transporting a large amount of methamphetamine in his truck.

At 4:15 p.m., Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Crime Suppression Unit stopped a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck around the 2500-block of East Highway 34 for an illegal window tint violation, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Bugg identified the driver as William Mark Vining, 44, and Vining gave Bugg consent to search both himself and his vehicle.

Bugg first searched Vining, and in Vining’s front right pocket he found a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, Yarbrough said. Bugg then searched the vehicle, and inside a toolbox he found a black plastic bag that contained a bag of Takis snack food.

According to Yarbrough, whatever was inside the Takis bag did not feel like chips to Bugg, so he opened it and found a large plastic zip bag containing many more suspected methamphetamine crystals. The bag was weighed at 535.9 grams, or 1.181 pounds – according to Georgia Law, any amount of methamphetamine more than 28 grams is considered trafficking, and any amount more than 400 grams carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

Vining was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and a window tint violation, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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