Woman in jail parking lot charged with possession
by Wes Mayer
A woman was arrested and walked into jail Friday after Coweta County sheriff’s investigators found she had methamphetamine in her possession while waiting in the Coweta Jail parking lot.
“That was an easy case,” said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Yarbrough, Raven Russell, 29, was sitting in a vehicle at the Coweta County Jail while one of her friends was inside visiting an inmate. Through the surveillance cameras in the parking lot, jail deputies found Russell was acting oddly in her vehicle, so investigators Sgt. Vic McPhie and Edwin Rivera were called to check on her.
McPhie and Rivera watched Russell for a time and saw she was moving around more than usual in her vehicle – almost bouncing around, Yarbrough said. Investigators then approached her and found she was breathing heavily, so they asked her if they could search the vehicle.
She gave consent and also told them she had methamphetamine in her pocketbook.
“‘Thank you,’” Yarbrough said. “‘You can come inside now.’”
McPhie and Rivera found four separate baggies of methamphetamine in her pocketbook, along with a glass smoking device. Because of this, Russell was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and she was transported – a rather short distance – to the Coweta County Jail.
Russell was not charged with crossing a guard line with drugs because she was not legally warned not to do so by a law enforcement officer, Yarbrough said.