Suspect faces more charges
Drugs found during strip search at jail
by Wes Mayer
A man who was originally arrested Saturday for possession of marijuana received even more charges after more narcotics were located in his possession during a strip search at the Coweta County Jail.
Around 9:50 p.m., Officer Chris Robinson with the Newnan Police Department responded to Chick-fil-A at 505 Bullsboro Drive to look for a suspect from another case who was spotted at the restaurant in a 2012 Toyota Camry. According to Robinson, when he arrived he located the vehicle but he found another person in the car, later identified as Brian Tecumseh Carter, 26.
When Robinson approached Carter, he detected an overwhelming smell of burning marijuana coming from the vehicle, he said. Robinson then spoke to Carter, who said he was waiting on Abey Balekir, 45, who was inside getting food. Balekir was the person Robinson was initially looking for at Chick-fil-A, as he was suspected in relation to a theft at the Georgian Stadium 14 movie theater earlier that night.
While speaking to Carter, Robinson noticed a half smoked marijuana blunt sitting in the cup holder next to his knee. Carter told Robinson there was no other marijuana in the vehicle, though. Robinson searched the vehicle, and he was able to find some rolling papers commonly used to roll marijuana blunts. Robinson also found a red bag containing different sizes of spark plugs.
“Spark plugs are a common entering auto tool, used to break windows with little effort and little noise,” Robinson said in his report.
After this, Robinson charged Carter with possession of marijuana, and patted him down to search for any other illegal materials. Robinson said he could smell an odor of raw marijuana coming from Carter but was unable to find any, and Carter was transported to the Coweta County Jail.
At the jail, booking deputies performed a strip search on Carter, and two clear plastic baggies were located inside one of Carter’s body cavities. One of these baggies contained suspected marijuana and the other was filled with multi-colored pills. Two of these pills were believed to be Xanax, and the other 16 were believed to be ecstasy, and Carter confirmed the pills were in fact Xanax and ecstasy, Robinson said.
Because of this, Carter was additionally charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of Xanax, crossing the guard line with narcotics and drugs to be kept in original container.
Balekir, the suspect Robinson was initially dispatched to check on, was found inside the Chick-fil-A, Robinson said. Balekir was suspected of stealing $94 from the Georgian Stadium movie theater by fooling one of the cashiers with a $100 bill.
According to Robinson, who spoke to the cashier earlier, Balekir ordered some popcorn for $6 and offered to pay with a $100 bill. When the cashier was ringing up the transaction in the cash register, Balekir went back and forth about paying with a lower denomination, and he eventually pocketed the $100 bill. The cashier then gave him the $94 after Balekir made the cashier think he paid with the $100. This is known as flimflamming.
Robinson spoke to Balekir, who also had a strong odor of burnt marijuana, about the incident at the movie theater, and Balekir said he thought he paid for the popcorn. According to Robinson, he then found the $100 bill in Balekir’s left pocket, and $94 in his right pocket.
After this, Robinson brought Balekir back to the movie theater and some employees positively identified him as the one who came in and flimflammed them. Robinson then charged Balekir with theft by deception and transported him to the Coweta County Jail.