Suspected drug dealers busted behind gas station

by Wes Mayer

Two suspected drug dealers found themselves in jail on July Fourth after a Coweta County deputy discovered their vehicle suspiciously parked behind a gas station.

Around 12:30 a.m., Deputy Donald Patterson was patrolling when he spotted a vehicle parked behind the Shell gas station on Highway 154, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Patterson drove near the vehicle. When he approached, two men, Cody Matthew Burgess, 20, and Ashton Forrest Gibson, 20, got out to talk to him.

According to Yarbrough, Patterson asked the two men what they were doing behind the gas station, and they gave him a bogus story. Not believing them, Patterson asked and received consent to search the vehicle.

When he did, he found a large amount of marijuana – 104.4 grams in separate baggies and containers – and amounts of cocaine and Xanax inside.

Patterson also found $1,212 in cash, which was seized along with the drugs as evidence.

Both Burgess and Gibson were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of Xanax (Alprazolam) and dangerous drugs to be kept in original container. The two men were transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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